Lewis Hamilton ended the Monaco Grand prix in third position which was his sixth podium in Monte Carlo. The other Mercedes driver – Valtteri Bottas – was fifth in the race. Hamilton leads the Drivers’ Championship by 14 points from Sebastian Vettel (96 points) while Mercedes (178 points) leads Ferrari (156 points) in the Constructors’.
“A big congratulations to Daniel, I’m really happy for him. He was so close to winning his first Monaco Grand prix two years ago, so it’s good for him to have it now. I’m happy with the weekend – we were the third quickest team and we almost got second. I’m grateful to only have lost three points to Sebastian in the championship fight – I’ll take that and move forward”, Hamilton said.
“It wasn’t a really difficult race, we just had to take the tyres go a long way; I didn’t think they were going to go as far as they did. It’s a shame that the race is unfortunately not as exciting as the whole spectacle of Monaco, especially since through practice there’s no place like it and the track is just epic in Qualifying. We hope that Canada will suit our car a little bit better; but it will be another close fight, especially with the Ferrari.”
Hamilton: We hope that Canada will suit our car a little bit better
Bottas added that in Monaco sometimes a lot of things happen; sometimes nothing happens and you get a pretty uneventful race.
“I think we made the right choice with the SuperSoft tyre for my second stint, it felt like it was working better than the UltraSofts. The first stint was difficult because of the tyre drop-off, but the second stint was really good, I could put pressure on the cars ahead. I had more pace than the cars in front of me, and yet there was nothing I could do; even with the pace difference overtaking was impossible. We knew the weekend might be difficult and that’s how it turned out to be, but we managed to do successful damage limitation. Qualifying P5 did not make that any easier for me and I don’t think we could have done anything different with the car we have. Montreal should be a better hunting ground for our car, so we hope for a better outcome in Canada”, Valtteri commented.
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