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Hamilton frustrated to retire for the second time in 2014

Jun 8, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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.

  1. worknman24hours - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Not a good day for Mercedes.

    They lost the stranglehold on the F1 season (yea!) and the equipment let both drivers down.

    Nico is lucky to be on the podium at all after he full speeded through the chicane runoff area.

    Lewis ( and Nico) needs to be better served by his racing equipment.

    Come on Mercedes,you can do better then this.

  2. techmeister1 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Nico’s brake lock-up and short cut thru the chicane would not be the bases for a legitimate penalty. In a worse case scenario he’d have to give back .4 seconds which would not have changed the results if they had raced to the finish without all the drama that unfolded later in the race.

    Yes Mercedes finally had a multiple mechanical issue day due to heat. Other teams were also impacted by the heat and it cause a change in tire strategy so it was a complicated race. That’s why they race. The race had something for everyone.

    Congrats to Ricciardo for his first win in F1. There will be many more. Vettel better up his game or he’ll be looking for a seat soon.

    Better luck next time Hammy…or NOT!

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