Hamilton “couldn’t care less” about Monaco defeat

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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.