Cape Town - Lewis Hamilton may have lost the lead in the race for the
World title but he has "complete confidence" that Mercedes can turn
A lacklustre weekend at the Canadian Grand Prix, at a race
many predicted he would dominant given his six previous wins, saw Hamilton lose
the lead in the standings by a single point to Sebastian Vettel.
While the British racer was off the pace and came home in
fifth place, Vettel had a perfect Sunday as he led from lights to flag.
Asked whether he had concerns his W09 wasn't up to the job
of winning the World title, Hamilton replied: "I don't let that get into
my mind. That would be the first sign of weakness and my mind is not weak.
"I'm still here to win and still believe that we can.
"I've got complete confidence in my guys and I'm
putting that energy towards them.
"he moment anybody in any sport, and I would imagine
also in business but if you imagine like in tennis or golf or whatever, if you
look across the net and you think damn it I might lose this, you've already
"It doesn't matter where I start on the grid, I don't
look at any driver and say 'I might lose to that person'. I think 'How can I
beat them? How can I be better?'
"I am going to keep doing that until I die."
And while the reigning World Champion was only fifth in
Montreal, he acknowledges that is better than an eighth or a DNF, something he
was worried about given his engine issues on Sunday.
"I think we've got potential in this car and when you
guys are writing your stories, I think last year there was 'oh, Mercedes have
the best car' and all those different things, but ultimately I think we did the
"You probably shouldn't be writing that right now
because we're not always outperforming the others, but also it's very close.
"The Red Bulls are every now and then are in the mix,
Ferrari have been, I would say, the most consistent, but there are a lot of
races to come.
"These engines have to go a long way. There's going to
be things happening that we just don't even know, what, when.
"That's why I am just taking this one. I am really
grateful, while it's ultimately not a great performance from us and we would
want more points.
"We'd look back in ten races time and say that we
actually had a fifth, it wasn't an eighth, it wasn't a DNF, I think I will be
grateful for it."