Lewis Hamilton says he is “grateful” to finish the Canadian Grand Prix after he suffered from power unit issues throughout the course of the race, whilst his title rival led every single lap en route to a dominant victory in Montreal.
The four time Formula 1 world champion lost the lead of the drivers’ championship to Sebastian Vettel — who secured a dominant win in Canada — after starting fourth and only coming home in fifth place, which was his worst result thus far this year.
Hamilton explained that he was down on power from the beginning of the race, and he suffered from massive overheating issues, which he was unable to resolve at any point of the grand prix, and remains “grateful” of the 10 points he picked up in Montreal.
Mercedes was the only power unit supplier on the grid that didn’t bring an upgrade for the Canadian Grand Prix as a result of reliability problems detected late on Wednesday, which prevented it from giving the upgrade to its works team or any customer teams.
“I’m super grateful that I finished,” Hamilton told Sky Sports when asked how he felt about finishing only fifth in Canada. “I’m just so happy that I finished. From the start, all of a sudden I was down on power and my engine was saying it was over-temperature and I couldn’t get the temperatures down.
“I just thought it was going to fail and every single lap I was just on the edge waiting for that power to drop away. It kept dropping and coming back and dropping and I was like ‘jeez’. It was the seventh race on the engine so it’s saw its life. I could have lost a lot more today.”
“I think Ferrari have had a slightly better package all round, they’ve been doing a slightly better job so we’ve got to do more. We’ve got to keep working, which I know the guys are, and I just think we need to stay positive.
“There’s no reason to lose control. We just keep doing what we are doing, keep our heads down, keep motivated and keep pushing because they will falter. We need to keep applying the pressure, we didn’t this weekend but I’m really going to make sure we come back stronger at the next race.”