Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he is out of the title hunt after finishing in ninth place at the Italian Grand Prix.
Hamilton started from twelfth place in his Mercedes but a slow puncture and a radio failure restricted him to ninth.
“I gave my all. It’s so hard when you’re empty of energy and you’ve given your all for two points. That’s it for the championship,” he said.
“The pace of the car was great but unfortunately we paid the price for not qualifying far enough up the field. My radio failed right at the start of the race and it’s really tough when that happens as you rely on the advice and information from the team to manage your race.”
“I didn’t even know about the slow puncture until after the race so now it makes more sense why we had to make the extra stop. I did have some fun this afternoon, particularly fighting with Kimi [Raikkonen].”
“It’s just tough fighting so far down the field when our car was clearly really quick. We’ll keep pushing together as a team and I know that we’ll bounce back for Singapore. We’ll be giving it everything to make up for this weekend with a stronger performance there.”
Nico Rosberg also lamented qualifying issues as he could only finish in sixth place.
“This hasn’t been one of our best weekends and it feels like everything was a little compromised from the outset,” said Rosberg.
“It’s a real shame as the pace of the car looked really good in the race but we weren’t able to take full advantage because of the issues from yesterday. It’s so important here to feel comfortable with the set-up and I wasn’t able to get the car as I wanted after losing the time in third practice.”
“I tried everything to overtake Nico [Hulkenberg] for the extra place today but he was very quick at the end and it didn’t work out. Now we’ll look forward to Singapore in a couple of weeks. I love street circuits so hopefully that will be a better weekend for us.”