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Hamilton takes 'energy and determination' from Monaco defeat

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Lewis Hamilton insists the events of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend have given him extra determination and energy in his championship battle with team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Tension between Hamilton and Rosberg heightened at Monaco after a controversial qualifying session that gave Rosberg pole position and helped him go on to win the race. Much has been made about Hamilton's mental attitude over the weekend, but he insists he is even more focused ahead of the next race in Canada.

"Monaco was another great weekend for the team and I'm so proud of all the hard work the guys put in to make it happen," he said in a Mercedes press release. "Of course, from a personal perspective it wasn't what I was aiming for. I race to win every time and unfortunately it just wasn't my weekend. But I drove with all my heart and gave it all I could, so I head to the next race with even more energy and determination."

Hamilton has a strong track record in Canada and is hoping he can return to winning ways next weekend.

"Montreal is one of my favourite weekends of the year. It's where I won my first Grand Prix back in 2007 and I've had another two victories there since, so it holds some special memories for me. The city itself is incredible. It's one I always love to go to and there's always a great crowd, so I'm hoping for them that the weather is good and we can put on a great show!"

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