“I don’t even count it as a mistake,” he said. “A mistake is when you often drive off the track through missing your braking point or hitting the wall, you know, but it wasn’t one.
“It was an unfortunate kind of unforced error; something that we had that was sitting there that could have happened at any point. And, unfortunately, that is pretty hard but we learn from experience and move forward.”
Describing what has been changed for Paul Ricard, Hamilton said that the button could not be moved in the two-week gap between races. “We’ve just put a shroud around it just to make sure that you don’t accidentally touch it in future,” he said. “That’s for the short term. Obviously the wheel’s not so easy to change or to move buttons. So, we’ll look for a longer-term solution probably.”