Hamilton frustrated to retire for the second time in 2014

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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.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”