For the first time this season, one race passed without direct clashes between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. At the Monaco Grand Prix, the Red Bull driver was much better and took the victory, while the Briton struggled with his Mercedes.
He won seventh place in the qualifiers and failed to take advantage of Leclerc and Bottas' withdrawals in the race. It wasn’t a good strategy either, so he stayed in that seventh place. Verstappen and Red Bull are now leading in both World Championship competitions.
"We have a long way to go. We can’t afford another weekend like this, but I’m grateful I finished and scored at least some points, with the fastest lap." "Every point you take on a bad weekend like this can mean something in the end, ”said the seven-time world champion.
The Briton has recorded three victories in Monaco in his career. One with McLaren in 2008, and two more with Mercedes - in 2016 and 2019.
Monte Carlo streets are not among the tracks on which Hamilton was extremely successful, such as Hungary (eight wins), Canada, and Great Britain.
seven wins each)… According to Lewis, he doesn’t seem to mind if Monte Carlo was no longer on the calendar. "I have said it many times. It doesn’t matter what position you’re in, but it’s not fun to race on this track because there’s no overtaking.
Of course, it's great to win, but even when you win far ahead of everyone, it's also boring. ” “I’m sure for Max he was a pretty relaxed afternoon. For me, I'll just switch off. The weekend is over, I probably won’t even look at a recording of the race."
"Maybe the best moments to see where I lost three positions, but I will focus on something else. Fortunately, I have many other things to do, so I would rather dedicate myself to something else. ” Verstappen now has a four-point advantage in the overall standings, and all indications are that a very uncertain championship awaits us.
Lewis already had some close battles for the champion, like 2007 when he lost to Raikkonen by a point or a year later when he won the title by one point. He led the last such uncertain title fight in 2016 when he lost to Rosberg by five points.
“I’ve been racing since I was eight and every season is different in its own way, but I don’t like to say which is better or worse. This is going to be tough." "I said at the beginning that Red Bull has a car to win the championship and that it will be very difficult to beat them.
I’m serious about that, but we’ve already managed to win some races we didn’t need, like in Bahrain. It's not over yet. ”