Nico, not the result you were hoping for after such a consistent weekend – and indeed season – up until this point. Talk us through it?
It's a pity what happened as I lost a lot of points in the Championship. We are always aiming for 100% reliability but unfortunately that didn't work out for me today. I had a small issue in the installation lap but the car felt great in the beginning. By lap 20, though, the gearbox started to become a serious problem and from then it got worse. I tried to get it into some safety settings, let Lewis through and just keep going until the end of the race, as we had such a pace advantage I thought I could maybe at least get some points. But there was nothing we could do so I had to stop the car. It's a shame for the race in a way, as it could have been a great battle against Lewis, but congratulations to him for the win. Now we are heading to Germany with the quickest car and I'm looking forward to a home Grand Prix for both Mercedes-Benz and myself.
Do you feel deprived of a second consecutive British Grand Prix victory? Is reliability now a concern in your eyes?
It was going really well until that point and I felt comfortable with the balance in the car, so I was confident I had the pace to win the race. But all I can do is accept that these things happen and work with the team to find out what went wrong. We’ll keep pushing and working on any small reliability problems we may find until we’ve got it spot on – as we always have done with the issues we’ve seen so far this season. Each time something has set us back a bit we’ve been confident that we’ve got a good understanding of it afterwards, so it doesn’t concern me.
What positives can you take from the weekend?
It’s difficult to take positives from a retirement, but things have gone well for me so far this season and my weekend was strong until that point. I’ll be back to finding those positive feelings again going to Hockenheim and another chance to build on the Championship lead that I do still have – even it has been reduced quite significantly today. It’s a close battle I’m not thinking too far in the future – I’ll just aim to win the next race each time like I have done with every Grand Prix weekend so far.