Suzuka, Japan: Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday he will be ready for a fightback from teammate Nico Rosberg at the Japanese Grand Prix after the German lost first place in the Formula One rankings.
The British former champion said his Mercedes rival is too good to take his retirement from the Singapore Grand Prix lying down. Hamilton won to take a three point lead in the drivers' championship.
"Nico is such a strong competitor. Since we were young kids he's always been strong mentally, confident and sure of his abilities. He's shown time and time again his pace, his speed, and he's also shown how quickly he can overcome things.