Hamilton ‘not really’ looking at rivals’ mistakes

Date published: June 18 2019

Lewis-Hamilton

Leading the championship in the midst of an almost flawless campaign, Lewis Hamilton says he’s not focusing on Sebastian Vettel’s mistakes, rather he’s trying to avoid making his own.

Last time out in Montreal, Hamilton’s weekend began with a blip as the Brit brushed the wall at Turn 9 in FP2 and punctured a tyre.

That, though, was his only mistake.

He qualified P2 and was running second when he pressured race leader Sebastian Vettel into making a mistake.

That earned the Ferrari driver a five-second penalty with Hamilton taking the victory, his fifth for this season.

It wasn’t Vettel’s first mistake of the campaign, nor his first while battling Hamilton as last season his title hopes were undone by his own mistakes.

Hamilton, though, insists he’s just focused on his own game and trying to avoid making his own mistakes..

“I don’t know, I do not really look too much,” he told Racer. “I don’t compare myself to other people so I don’t look to others or their faults or anything.

“I just look to really try and take a lot of pride in my work and particularly my track record of not making mistakes, which I’ve managed to get myself into a really good place and deliver minimal faults in race weekends and races.

“I had a small hiccup on Friday (in Canada) but was able to pull it back on Saturday and then throughout the weekend, so that’s a real, real focus.

“21 races, every single point counts – even seven points, or three points, it adds up, so I take a lot of pride in that.

“It’s all great being quick, having quick drivers, but if you can be an all-round driver, work well outside the car, but also in the car, you have things that perhaps others are not able to put together, it makes your value go up.”

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