Mercedes executive technical director Paddy Lowe feels the error which denied Lewis Hamilton victory at the Monaco Grand Prix needs to be put into a sporting context.
The reigning Formula 1 world champion looked on course to win on the streets of Monte Carlo but the decision by Mercedes chiefs to pit Hamilton while leading the race proved costly. Upon exiting the pits Hamilton found himself behind his team-mate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, who had opted to stay out to gain track position.
The Mercedes team came under heavy fire for the decision and Lowe feels the incident needs to be put into context.
“There has been a great deal of comment concerning our mistake in Monaco and its consequences,” Lowe said. “This error should be put into context. It was a single error made in a split second based on incorrect data.
“Sport is all about split-second decisions, trading risk with reward, and we do not always get these decisions right.
“In my opinion this team gets them right more than most. However, as in all aspects we must always improve, and the failure in Monaco will undoubtedly play its part in that process.”
Lowe says Mercedes will do everything in its power to provide both of its drivers with an optimum package for Montreal. The team confirmed it will bring new Power Units for each driver at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a track which puts high demands on engine performance and braking.
“We will bring new Power Units to this event, the second units of 2015 for each driver," he added. "Our first Power Units were used for six complete race weekends, an incredible achievement by the team at Brixworth that saw both achieve total mileages of over 4,000 km.
“We take nothing for granted performance-wise either. The uniqueness of the track means that there will be a lot to get right if we are to bring home the top prizes.”