Hamilton not blaming team for mistake

By on Sunday, May 24, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

World Champion Lewis Hamilton refused to blame Mercedes publicly for the pit error which cost him victory at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton led by almost 20 seconds when the Safety Car was deployed following an accident for Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen.

Mercedes decided to pit Hamilton for fresh tyres but made a miscalculation, meaning that Hamilton emerged from the pits in third position, behind Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.

The order remained the safe for the final few laps, meaning that Hamilton's championship advantage was cut to 10 points.

"I can't express the way I feel at the moment," Hamilton said after the race.

"I saw the team out in the pit-lane on one of the screens and thought Nico was pitting. I came in with full confidence that the others had done the same.

"This is a race that's been close to my heart for years and it's special to me, so I really wanted to win. The team have been brilliant all year, so I don't blame them.

"We'll analyse and work out what went wrong, but we'll do that collectively and try to improve for the future. I always say to my team and my fans, we win and we lose together. You live to fight another day."

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