After the calamitous collision between the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mates during the Spanish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton insists the who incident has been put to the back of his mind as the Formula 1 circus arrives for its annual visit to Monaco.
Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg collided on the run down to turn four on the opening lap at the Circuit de Catalunya, but the reigning World Champion insists the matter is closed, and his full focus has turned to returning to winning ways around the tight compounds of Monte Carlo.
The British driver is aiming for his second victory around the street circuit this weekend, and is looking to put the disappointment of 2015 behind him when he lost a near certain victory with a second, ultimately unnecessary pit stop that relegated him behind Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.
“Barcelona was the worst feeling but, like I always say, the true test is how you get back up when you’ve been knocked down,” said Hamilton. “It was a tough moment for all of us after the race but it’s now chapter closed and looking ahead to Monaco.
“It’s an incredible feeling making a car dance through those streets, one of the purest thrills you can have in a racing car. I’ve not had the best run of results in Monaco in recent years – but last year showed I have the pace to do the job.
“It’s always a different weekend to the rest, with the extra day, the boats in the harbour and sleeping at home; that makes it fun because the whole rhythm is something else to the rest of the season. I’m approaching this weekend with only one result in mind.”