While the remark was meant to be a cheeky one, the Red Bull starlet has every reason to be growing exhausted of answering his critics through words rather than his driving. In Bahrain, he punctured a tire while trying a risky move to overtake Hamilton, who called the move "silly" and part of a pattern of mistakes.
The 20-year-old has been badgered about his decision-making all year - and he finally snapped during Thursday's press conference ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.
It was at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix that Hamilton won his first Formula One race, and he's since gone on to emerge victorious in five of the last eight trips to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. "I will never do that, because it brought me to where I am right now". "If we can escape this weekend without it, then I'd rather take it somewhere else".
He has a 14-point lead over Vettel and a 38-point edge on Ricciardo.
"Our race pace was quite good yesterday". Because he has already used the allotment of two, replacing it would have saddled him with a grid penalty.
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Over five years, Curiosity has used its Tunable Laser Spectrometer to measure methane in the atmosphere at the Gale crater . For example, scientists want to know if it has "Mars quakes". "The first one would be life, which we don't know about".
"A little bit obviously frustrating not to get many laps, but the problem doesn't seem dramatic".
Part of the thinking was the team's chance of success in Montreal compared with the next race, at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France.
"I don't know, I haven't seen much of the times of the others so it's hard to read yet". Big relief when I heard it was enough.
The Spaniard, celebrating his 300th grand prix this weekend, was fastest early on before a brief red-flag period when Nico Hulkenberg's Renault stopped on track with gearbox issues, and continued to appear close to the sharp end throughout the 90 minutes.
But Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko has suggested that Ricciardo is waiting for Hamilton to sign his new deal at Mercedes before eventually agreeing a new contract at his current team. Although a faster auto is one of his goals for next year, he was also asked if his success this season has increased his asking price.
"With the new engine, everything they were testing and the numbers, there would have been gains and I think it would have been a close fight for pole".