• IN WORDS: Lewis and Valtteri's Canada Debrief

Lewis and Valtteri talk race results, taking risks and close competition after a challenging Canadian Grand Prix...

'We maxed out'

Valtteri lined up second on the grid in Montreal, having narrowly missed out on pole position, but struggled to keep up with race leader Sebastian Vettel and had to settle for second.

"I think this was the maximum," the Finn explained. "Saturday was about hundredths of a second, so maybe from pole it could have been different, but from P2 today we maxed out. I'm happy for that, but I'm not happy that we were behind.

"Second place as a driver is not the best place to be - but you know, honestly from today where we started, with the start we had, with the pace we had, there was nothing more possible.

"That's where we are as a team now. Ferrari was better this weekend, Red Bull very close to us, so I think there was nothing we could have done better.

"Our car is just not quick enough, so I don't get too upset being second but no doubt I really want to win. And there have been many occasions this year where it has been pretty close.

"So, for sure, we'll keep pushing on that - but as a team we need to improve, and also for myself, trying to find every single little bit I can."

'I'm grateful the engine made it'

Lewis experienced some early concerns with cooling to his Power Unit, but the team made some changes at his pit stop and he crossed the line in P5.

While it was a far from ideal result, Lewis was grateful to make it to the finish after his early problems and was pushing as hard as he could.

"I thought the engine was going to fail," he admitted. "Straight from the start, I got to Turn 2 and the power started dropping out.

"I'm sure in the next couple of days it will get more painful but it could have been a lot worse. I could have lost 25 points.

"I'm definitely behind a little bit in that respect but I'm just grateful the engine made it and I got to see the distance. I gave everything I could. That's all you can do.

"I was taking risks. It was fun in some respects, but even if I got closer I still couldn't get by. I was pushing so hard.

"Every now and then there was a little bit of a chance and then a backmarker gets in the way, you get close and the car slides off the road. I still love the challenge."

'The competition is getting tougher'

Canada's race result has proved once again to Valtteri just how fierce the competition is this season. No team can take their foot off the accelerator, even for a split second.

"We were a little bit slower than Ferrari here and very equally matched in race pace with Red Bull, maybe a bit quicker," he said.

"France is a different grand prix, different tyres, it is possible that we will have the new engine. Hopefully we can have some other upgrades on the car as well because every team is improving now.

"Race by race, the competition is getting tougher. We came here knowing in theory that the track would be good for us.

"Even with the old engines we thought we would have a very good chance to be fighting for the win.

"But it wasn't the case. That shows how tough it is at the moment. We are definitely not the favourites for the French GP."

'Still a long way to go'

Despite the difficult weekend, Lewis has stressed how hard everyone in the team is working and how much longer there still is to go in the 2018 season.

"I'm really proud of my guys," the four-time World Champion said. "They are working so hard and continuously pushing.

"It is definitely tough when you have a weekend where you feel like you have done everything right and you don't get the result.

"Every single person within the team feels the pain. We win and we lose together. It's still a long way to go.

"There are good days and bad days ahead. All we can do is try to prepare the best we can and try to minimise the losses of bad days and capitalise on the good days.

"I'm still here to win and I still believe that we can win. I have complete confidence in my guys and I'm putting this energy towards them."