LEWIS HAMILTON has hit back at his former rival, Nico Rosberg, who accused the Brit of losing some of his speed.
Rosberg made the dig on his video blog after qualifying for the Hungarian GP, where Hamilton was out qualified by Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas.
But the world champion responded by winning the race to open up a 62-point lead at the top of the championship.
When quizzed about Rosberg's remarks, Hamilton – who has won eight of the opening 12 races – laughed off his former Mercedes teammate.
He said: "Honestly I've never seen the blog, I don't know who follows it, but it has no bearing on anything that I do with my life.
"I don't care, everyone has their own opinion. Whether he's right or wrong, I don't really care.
"All you have to do is look at the tally of my results over the years, and they kind of speak for themselves.
"So naturally there will be people that have not had the success that I've had, and might want to talk it down, but that's OK."
Meanwhile, now in his 13th season in F1, Hamilton says that he has learned how to cope with criticism.
He added: "I read a really good book, I think it's called the Four Agreements.
"There's an element in there where it says don't take anything personally, so when someone says something about you, it's not actually about you, it's how they feel about themselves.
"I'm 34 years old but I feel like I'm driving better than ever. Hopefully you can see that I've not lost any speed.
"Qualifying is not always going to go great, you just have to move on. Races are not always going to go great.
"But you know what, you move straight on, let it go, there's nothing you can do about the past, all you can do is try to shape the future."
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