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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton leaves the pit during practice session of the Monaco Grand Prix.Reuters

Championship leader Lewis Hamilton has outpaced his teammate Nico Rosberg in the four out of five races this season. Rosberg after winning the season opener in Melbourne has finished behind Hamilton on four successive occasions.

British driver Hamilton has continued his good form in Monaco as well, by topping the timesheets in the first and final practice session and finishing ahead of the German in all three sessions. But, the German is confident that he is capable of wheel-to-wheel battle with the Brit.

The 2008 world champion Hamilton is on a roll winning four consecutive races and looking good to clinch his second world title. Rosberg said that everything is going Hamilton's way at the moment and it is just a matter of time when "the pendulum swings back in the other direction."

Rosberg said that he is confident of turning the tides against his teammate, as he has performed consistently in the season so far and is the only driver on the grid that has finished on the podium in all five races of the season.

"I have lost none of my confidence, because I know how fast I was in the last three races," Rosberg insisted. "And another thing is that a world championship is all about consistency, and I have always been on the podium this year, which no one else has managed."

Rosberg, who won last year's race in Monaco by starting for the pole position, said he knows Hamilton from karting days and his strengths and weaknesses have not changed. The German insisted that he can beat the former world champion.

"Lewis' strengths and weaknesses have not changed," the 28-year-old said. "He is incredibly fast on track, but he can snap if something is not quite right for him. I know where I can beat him. Everything is the same (as before), which makes it a bit easier for me."

The German said Formula One is far more technical than karting and it is not only about driving, but all about finding an extra advantage over the rivals.

"Formula one is more than karting," he said. "It is far more technical and I am very interested in the setup and analysing the data. For me it's incredible fun to find advantages over the others like that. Formula one is driving, yes, but it's also thinking."

Hamilton and Rosberg are currently placed on first and second position with 100 and 97 points, respectively, while Mercedes are leading the constructors standing with 197 points, 113 points clear to nearest rival Red Bull.

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