Rosberg lacks something compared to Hamilton - Tambay

Hamilton and Rosberg embrace in Malaysia ( Daimler)

22 April 2014 by TF1T Staff

Nico Rosberg 'lacks something' when compared to his team-mate Lewis Hamilton, according to former driver Patrick Tambay.

The winner of two races for Ferrari in '82 and '83 believes Rosberg is beginning to feel the pressure after coming second to Hamilton at the last three races.

"With the equal status at Mercedes, Nico has shown to be lacking a little bit compared to Hamilton," Tambay told RMC.

"Before, we saw this very jovial, very smiling Nico, but now it feels a little more tense."

The 64-year-old says there is still for Rosberg to get back on terms with Hamilton though.

"But the season is long," he added. "There is still a lot of races to go."

Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda meanwhile has praised Hamilton's focus and reckons Hamilton could have made it four from from had his engine not failed in Australia.

"The only thing he [Hamilton] has perhaps sometimes neglected in the past was the full focus," said the Austrian.

"He was bringing the dogs to the track, he had a whole entourage of people. When the dogs were there I told him to just focus on himself, drop the baggage and concentrate 120 per cent.

"Now he is doing the performance you expect from him. If he had not failed in Melbourne, he probably could have won there as well."