Something Lewis Hamilton said after finishing second to Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the recent Azerbaijan Grand Prix was very telling. It proved that, while Bottas has made a strong start to the season, the reigning world champion doesn't see him as a serious title threat. If - and it's a big if - he ever does, it will become very obvious.
"Selfishly, I could have pushed a lot harder and Valtteri would have lost positions and I would have gained positions," said Hamilton. It's true that he could have forced Bottas wide earlier in the first corner and hung him out to dry, which is exactly what he would do to a title rival. That's why Bottas needs what might be termed his 'Rosberg moment'.
Hamilton will still be absolutely certain that he has Bottas covered despite being a point behind in the championship. While he was outqualified by Bottas in Baku, historically it's not a Hamilton circuit. Even then, despite a bad first sector on his final Q3 run, Hamilton was set to beat Bottas until he had a moment in Turn 16. It was a similar story in China, where Bottas took his other pole. As for the Australia race reverse, it was the consequence of the start, compounded by Hamilton's floor damage.