Hamilton “couldn’t care less” about Monaco defeat


Lewis Hamilton has reacted to questions about his defeat in the Monaco Grand Prix two weeks ago by saying that he has “moved on” and is instead fully focused on this weekend’s race in Canada.

Hamilton had moved into a 20 second lead at the front of the field in Monaco with 15 laps remaining, only for a strategy error to leave him third behind Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at the checkered flag.

In the days following the defeat, it was revealed that Hamilton had in fact questioned Mercedes’ decision to keep him out on track, making it unclear which party was to blame.

Speaking in Thursday’s FIA press conference, Hamilton said that he had moved on from the defeat and that there was no point dwelling on the matter.

“I’ve moved on,” the Briton said. “I don’t even have to think about it now, I’m literally moving on. I couldn’t care less about it.

“I can’t do anything about the past. There’s honestly no point thinking about it – it’s about trying to shape the future.

“There are lots of races to come, lots of improvements that can be made. We’ve got a great team, we’ve got a great car and there’s a championship to be won – that’s all I’m focused on.

“It doesn’t matter what I feel or have felt or feel now. I don’t feel anything about it. I’m literally thinking about this race. I’m excited, I feel good, I feel fit, I feel strong.”

Hamilton is chasing a fourth victory in Canada this weekend following wins in 2007, 2010 and 2012 for McLaren, but with a 60% chance of a safety car period, there will undoubtedly be discussions with Mercedes about how to react should one occur during Sunday’s race.

Read our full preview of the Canadian Grand Prix here.

AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”