Canada issue has made Mercedes stronger - Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton believes his retirement at the Canadian Grand Prix has only made Mercedes stronger for the rest of the year.
Hamilton retired in Montreal when his brakes failed following the loss of the MGU-K part of the energy recovery system during the race. The MGU-K issue affected both cars, limiting braking capacity and resulting in extra stress on the rear brakes. Hamilton's brakes overheated and failed, but he is confident the issue will not happen again and that Mercedes has learned from the failure.
"We definitely haven't lost any performance, we have only gained from that experience, as you do generally from all experiences like that," Hamilton said. "Regardless if you lose points, you step back from it and a lot of work goes into understanding the situation and rectifying it. If faced with a situation like that [again], firstly we will be able to handle it a lot better and the car has been fixed so it won't happen again."
Hamilton is now 22 points behind Rosberg in the championship but says it has not altered his approach ahead of this weekend's race in Austria.
"I'm great, excited and I couldn't be in a better place really. I've had a good couple of weeks and a bit of a busy week this week, but I decided just to get back in the car and this is quite a relaxed weekend for us, which is pretty good."