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Hamilton 'doesn't care' about credit for forcing Vettel mistake

  • Published on 13 Jun 2019 10:51
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Lewis Hamilton asserts that he doesn't care about having credit over forcing Sebastian Vettel into a mistake on Sunday at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Vettel lost the rear of his car while being pressured by Hamilton for the lead of the race, which caused him to slide across the grass at Turn 3 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. 

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The stewards deemed that the way in which Vettel rejoined the circuit was unsafe and the Ferrari driver received a five-second time penalty, which cost him the race win.

"I don't really care about having credit," Hamilton said. "I don't feel I need that credit to be happy. I think I did a great job this weekend and didn't leave anything on the table except in FP2 (when he crashed).

"But my races have been really really strong and consistent. Even on weekends when we haven't had the car to win, I've been able to put it right there with the front runners.

"My goal on a race weekend is to do the best job for the team, but also to extract above and beyond. My dad always used to say my first go-kart was a four poster bed, because it was a fifth hand go-kart.

"I always liked to think I could bring an extra bit out of the car. It's cool on weekends like this when I feel more comfortable in the car and I can extract a little more.

Mercedes has "work to do" against Ferrari

Despite Mercedes' consistent success this season, Hamilton is still viewing Ferrari as a major threat to the Silver Arrows.

Hamilton believes that Mercedes has "work to do" after watching the pace of Ferrari over the last couple of weekends.

"I don't feel I left anything on the table today," Hamilton said. "I think I conducted myself in the right manner. The guys worked hard to come out with a good result, but we got work to do.

"We saw how quick the Ferraris were this weekend, and they were right there in the race last weekend so it will be interesting to see how it plays out.

"They're quicker than us on the straights. They have another level with the engine they can go to, particularly in qualifying, but also in the race, so there is work to do."

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  • Level headed, but I'm sick of Mercedes saying Ferrari are close

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    • Jun 13 2019 - 12:52
    • Boneka

      Posts: 149

      Turn away than and go watch something else than crying

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      • Jun 22 2019 - 00:16
  • TBF they are very close, the last race showed that, another Vettel mistake gifting the win, I just wish Hamiton would say less stuff that doesn't make me cringe - like 'I feel blessed', or 'Im so humble' - make me want to puke.

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    • Jun 13 2019 - 21:31
    • 'These fans aren't as good as the fans from last race'

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      • Jun 13 2019 - 21:49
  • Boneka

    Posts: 149

    Ferrari is 3 years in a row the fastest car, but of the mistakes from Vettel every year its just a illusion

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    • Jun 22 2019 - 00:17
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