Lewis Hamilton says he wants to “bounce back” from the disappointment of losing the Monaco Grand Prix at this weekend’s race in Canada.
The world champion said he wishes to draw a line under the outcome of the previous weekend, where a late pit stop cost him a likely victory: “I think everything that needs to be said about Monaco has already been said.”
“Obviously, it was a huge disappointment for me and also for the team. But we’ll learn from it and move forwards together like we always do.”
“I just want to get back out there and bounce back – and I could hardly ask for a better place to do that than Montreal.”
Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff said that although the team still won the race with Nico Rosberg, losing a one-two finish was “tough for all of us to swallow”.
“You can never afford to drop points and this was a reminder that any error can prove costly. However, we must also remember how far we have come to be disappointed with a P1 and P3 finish in Monaco.”
“So, we take it on the chin as a team, learn from our mistakes and now look ahead to the next race in Canada.”
The team’s executive director for technical Paddy Lowe responded to criticism of the team’s strategists, who previously came under fire when Mercedes lost the Malaysian Grand Prix to Ferrari after pitting both their cars during a Safety Car period.
“There has been a great deal of comment concerning our mistake in Monaco and its consequences,” said Lowe. “On behalf of the team, this error should be put into context. It was a single error made in a split second based on incorrect data.”
“Sport is all about split-second decisions, trading risk with reward, and we do not always get these decisions right. But in my opinion this team gets them right more than most.”
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