Lewis Hamilton: I can't afford another weekend like Monaco
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jun 10, 2017,
Jun 10, 2017, 16:59
Last year, Mercedes finished almost 300 points ahead of Red Bull in the constructors' championship, winning 19 of 21 races as Rosberg pipped Hamilton to the title before dramatically announcing his retirement from F1. "It's clear to me that Ferrari have chosen their number one driver, so they're pushing everything to make sure Sebastian is maximized on all of his weekends. We just have to make sure we are ahead of Ferrari, so we don't have to be in that same scenario that they were in on Sunday".
Despite Mercedes' struggles in Monaco, Hamilton is pleased to have salvaged points he believes could turn out to be "valuable" in the closing stages of the title run in. The leading auto, is very hard for him to get jumped unless the team decide to favor the other vehicle, so it's great for him.
"It wasn't clear how the tyre would perform".
"First of all, they deserved to win, they had the quickest auto".
But he stopped short of saying his disappointment was a result only of the team's overall pit-stop strategy.
Lewis Hamilton has said he is determined to solve the problems that have stymied his bid for a fourth Formula One world championship after a hard weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix. "Congratulations from our side - we need to give them credit". "We know that the Ferraris are not bulletproof, they've got things potentially coming up - all the [engine components] they've used or potentially used, so we'll see". At the end of the day, it was the right result for the team and for the driver championship but I do not think it was orchestrated.
Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who started from pole position for the first time in nine years, appeared on course to win by holding off Vettel in the opening phase of a processional race.
Mercedes was on the backfoot all weekend in Monaco, failing to get on top of managing tyre temperatures with its W08.
When he was asked directly if he thought Ferrari's strategy had cost him victory, he added: "I haven't seen what happened, I only know what happened when I was in the vehicle but I haven't seen the bigger piucture". I am going to the factory this week. "It is one of those races when you hope to get more".
"We have time until Montreal - another hard track - but we need to get on top of things".
"We couldn't plan much - the plan was to pull away but Valtteri [Bottas, in third] had good pace", he said. "One of those days we should have had a bit more". Running for five laps in clean air, the German was able to post a succession of fast laps, enabling him to return to the track ahead of Raikkonen following his own stop.