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Hamilton surprised by change in points relative to Rosberg
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Hamilton surprised by change in points relative to Rosberg

Published Jun. 14, 2016 1:45 p.m. ET

Lewis Hamilton says he didn't anticipate the turnaround in his fortunes over the last two races, and especially the fact that title rival Nico Rosberg has twice finished well down the field.

With his two wins since the first lap crash in Spain Hamilton has cut Rosberg's advantage to just nine points, the German having finished seventh in Monaco and fifth in Canada.

"I could never have predicted that," said Lewis. "If I wanted to put money down I would have been a fool to have ever tried to predict that. Monaco, in terms of the difference of position [with Rosberg] I thought that might have been a one-off, a fluke kind of thing, but the race was not a fluke, it was a great, strong race.

"And then today, just the way it unfolded. I haven't see the race and how strong Nico was back there, but obviously the start was unfortunate. Ultimately that sucks, because we started one-two and finished one-five, and I know how hard everyone in the factory works for us to finish one-two, so ultimately that is the goal for us to have.


"It doesn't feel great when we don't finish one-two, considering we've had lots of those one-two finishes and we both celebrate in front of the garage. On the flipside it's a positive in terms of points. Nico's going to continue to push, I've got to continue to push, I feel great on the car for as long as it stays together as it is I don't feel that strength diminishing, I think we're going to continue to go from strength to strength. There's still things to pick up on, such as the starts. Once we get those hopefully we'll be back to where we always want to be."

However Hamilton doesn't believe that the momentum has turned in his favor.

"I'm genuinely oblivious to a lot of things. Maybe I've not thought about it enough at the moment. The thing I'm conscious of is there's a long, long way to go. There's never been a doubt in terms of my speed and what I can do in the car, not at all. Of course you never knew what was going to happen next, there was one problem after another.

"So I wasn't anticipating Monaco coming around, and I had this storming race in Monaco, then I came here and got the pole. I felt strong on Friday, Saturday was still an OK day. And then today it felt phenomenal in the car, very, very quick. I had the speed whenever I needed it, it's such a great feeling to have in the car, the balance was just right. Perhaps better for the race than for qualifying."

Looking ahead Hamilton cautioned that he could face a grid penalty later in the year.

"I still have less engines, so I know beyond the break at some stage most likely I've got to take a sixth engine. So at some stage I'm going to have to start last. So I know I still have that joker come along and play an integral part on a race weekend. If we're really lucky and I look after the engine, and I think I looked after it well today, we won't have to do that. We shall see."

Hamilton said the double success has been a boost for his crew: "For the first five or whatever it was you could tell they felt down. Definitely seeing them right now they feel great, this is what they work for and to have these wins is their life, it' our life, it's what we go to bed dreaming of, that we have a day like today. When we all do our job perfectly, it's like the icing on the top of the cake when you get the win."

Asked if he believed that Rosberg now felt "rattled" he was keen to play down the suggestion.

"What would lead you to think he would be rattled? I think he drove well all weekend. I don't know how he drove today, but in qualifying he drove really well. I couldn't say, honestly I don't get that sense. I think he's still pushing, I think we're starting to have cleaner weekends. Even this weekend wasn't 100% obviously with the start, and we got the result we did. I think in our side of the garage we're starting to show real strength, and starting to come through with the results, which is really warming and confidence building for everybody on my side."


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