Lewis Hamilton congratulated Max Verstappen and his team for doing a better job last weekend but warns that he and his team must do everything to prevent such a bad weekend from happening again. Hamilton had a bad weekend on the streets of Monte Carlo as he was about half a second slower in all three parts of qualifying on Saturday than team-mate Bottas who won against him in four joint appearances at Mercedes on this track (2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021) won the qualifications twice - in 2017 and 2021.
Bottas qualified third behind Leclerc and Verstappen, but due to Leclerc’s problems, he started second and was on his way to second place in the race until a tire change when mechanics couldn’t take off his front right wheel.
Hamilton had a frustrating race from sixth place and lost positions to Perez and Vettel after Mercedes ’poor strategic decision to invite him to box first, ahead of his direct rivals, and finished seventh, despite problems for Leclerc and Bottas.
“Congratulations to Max and his team, they did a better job today,” Hamilton said. “For our team, we will always be stronger after losses and mistakes. This was definitely a bad weekend in terms of performance in general, but this team has shown countless times that it can come back.
” "There is no pointing a finger, we win and lose together, we have to stay calm, we have 18 more races and there is a long way to go in this fight." "We will work hard because we have to make sure that something like this does not happen again.
There is no reason why we should have a performance like this on any weekend with all the experience we have as a team. ” "We're going to have some good internal discussions, it's painful to learn lessons like this, but we've done it many times before."
‘Lewis just didn’t have the speed’
Team boss Toto Wolff says that with Hamilton ‘they just didn’t have the speed in the car’ and that the thing is ‘very simple. “With Lewis, we just didn’t have the speed in the car, the thing is simple,” Wolff said.
"Undercut [getting into boxing earlier than an opponent you want to overtake] seemed like the only way we could get rid of Gasly and there were no mistakes, the exit lap was good, the tire change was good, but it wasn't enough."
Mercedes head of operations at the track Andrew Shovlin says that Hamilton was expecting a bad race after poor qualifications, although they hoped to advance several positions. “We were expecting a tough Sunday with Lewis because we failed to place him high enough on Saturday,” Shovlin said.