Hamilton: I thought my rivals were pitting too

Lewis Hamilton says he will come back stronger in the next race in Canada after the massive disappointment of losing the Monaco Grand Prix in its closing stages this afternoon.

Hamilton was robbed of victory by his own Mercedes team when he was called into the pits when the safety car came out with 12 laps to go.

His lead over less than 20 seconds was not enough for him to rejoin ahead of Nico Rosberg or Sebastian Vettel, dropping him to third.

"You rely on the team and I saw a screen and it looked like the team was out," said Hamilton.

"I thought the guys behind were pitting so when the team said stay out, I said these tyres would drop in temps and what I was concerned they were on options – so with that thinking I came in with the full confidence that the others had done the same.

"You know, the team has been amazing all year long, and we win and lose together. I'm sure we'll sit down afterwards and try and think of ways we can improve.

"As I said, we will probably analyse and try to figure out what we did wrong, and collectively as a team try to sort it out in the future."

When asked what was in his mind after losing the victory on the podium, Hamilton simply replied: "Come back to win the next one."

When pressed on his feelings in the press conference, he replied: "I can't really express how I feel, so… I won't even attempt to."

Afterwards, in the media pen, he added: "I'll refocus tomorrow, enjoy this evening and come back and try to win the next race. That's all I can do.

"It's very difficult at the moment, but I'm a world champion and I need to behave like one. I like to be team leader, and today I showed my pace and what I can do at Monaco.

"I feel content in my heart; I did everything I could. It was a collective decision [to pit]."

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Series Formula 1
Event Monaco GP
Track Monte Carlo
Drivers Lewis Hamilton
Teams Mercedes
Article type Breaking news