Jun 8, 2014, 6:00 PM EST
Lewis Hamilton has made no secret of his frustration after retiring from today’s Canadian Grand Prix due to an ERS failure on his Mercedes.
The Briton was embroiled in a battle at the front to win the race alongside teammate Nico Rosberg. However, during their second stint, both drivers began to slow and lose time. It was ultimately diagnosed as being an ERS failure, which was affecting the brakes and top speed of the Mercedes cars.
Whereas Rosberg was able to continue and finish the race in second place, Hamilton was forced to park up his car and retire with 22 laps remaining in Canada.
Speaking to NBCSN after the race, the three-time Canadian Grand Prix winner was honest about his frustration.
“We got a good start, he left me no room at the start so we had to go off line onto the grass,” Hamilton said. “Then after that it was just about trying to hunt him down and apply pressure.
“Well when you have DNFs… you’re fighting for a world championship. I’ve lost 18 points now to Nico. That’s two races I’ve not finished now.”
Hamilton now trails Rosberg by 22 points in the drivers’ championship, which is the biggest gap between them since the opening race in Australia.
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