Hamilton says he had race 'under control'

By on Sunday, June 7, 2015
Pirelli Media

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Lewis Hamilton says he never felt under serious pressure from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg as he beat his rival to victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton led away from pole position and was only headed by Rosberg throughout the pit stop phase.

Rosberg closed the gap to a second and the pair remained within a couple of seconds for much of the race as Hamilton focused on fuel saving while Rosberg was told to preserve his brakes.

"I didn’t feel I had the most comfortable balance," he said. "I generally had a lot of understeer, I never really felt too much under pressure, but Nico was quick, but I felt like I always had it under control.

"I had time in my pocket to be able to put it out if I needed to. It was a great race, I don’t know how it was to watch. It felt like it was intense, I really enjoyed it."

Hamilton missed out on victory in Spain and Monaco to Rosberg but dismissed suggestions that returning to the top step of the podium was a relief.

"I don’t feel I needed to be relieved, I was quickest all of the previous race weekend [in Monaco] as well and that problem helped Nico to win the race," he said. "[I'm] not relieved, just able to continue with the strength and move forward."

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