As expected, Lewis Hamilton was met in Montreal by a barrage of questions about the way his Monaco Grand Prix ended, but the world champion insists that all that is far behind him now.
Hamilton had been romping to victory in the Principality before a safety car triggered by Max Verstappen's accident prompted an ill-judged tyre stop that dropped him to third behind Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, but the Briton insists that he is not giving the loss of vital championship points a second thought as he returns to a far happier hunting ground.
Firstly I don't look back, I'm always looking forward, so honestly I've not really thought about the last race for a long time,” Hamilton insisted, “I've just been thinking about the next race, putting my mind to other things, training, trying to come back strong this weekend. It's really irrelevant what happened in the past - there's nothing you can do about it so there's no point dwelling on it.
“I've moved on and I don't even have to think about it - I couldn't care less about it. I can't do anything about the past, so there's no point thinking about it. Now it's about trying to shape the future - there are lots and lots of races to come, lots of improvements that can be made. We've got a great team, a great car and there's a championship to be won, so that's all I'm focused on.
“It doesn't matter what I feel, or had felt, or feel now, because actually I don't feel anything - I'm literally thinking about this race. I'm excited, I feel good, I feel fit, I feel strong, so full positives...”
Naturally, the line of questioning also focused on Hamilton's relationship with the Mercedes team going forward, and whether he could trust their judgement in coming races. Ironically, the Monaco incident occurred just days after he and the team had finally put pen to paper on a lengthy contract extension, but Hamilton insists that he has no reason to doubt anyone on pit-wall.
“I have full trust and confidence in the team,” he maintained, “We've had pretty incredible success together and one race doesn't dent the solid foundation that we've built. Things are good [and] I'm excited to move on to this weekend. I'll keep doing what I'm doing as it's been good for me up until now...”