Lewis Hamilton says it was important for him to return to the top step of the podium in Canada after losing out on victory at the Monaco Grand Prix due to Mercedes' strategic blunder.

The Mercedes driver swelled his lead over Nico Rosberg to 17 points with a clinical victory in Canada, but though he was pleased with the immediate reaction to Monaco, he says it makes no difference in terms of momentum heading to this weekend's Austrian Grand Prix.

"You go into the next race with the conscious know-how you've won the previous race but I don't really see it as momentum as such. I think it was just important for me personally, not concerning Nico, just to get back after a real difficult race and emotional experience in Monaco.

"I think that was the most important thing and testing thing for me, because it was not an easy race to come from and could have easily gone pretty badly at the following races. But to bounce back and to drive the same do good that weekend was really good for me."

Hamilton comes to the Red Bull Ring looking to avenge his defeat at the hands of Rosberg in the race last season when a mistake in qualifying left him playing catch up.



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