Lewis Hamilton believes the race win is impossible after scoring a lowly P7 in the interrupted qualifying session.
Hamilton was unlikely to grab pole in Monaco, as his Mercedes seems firmly the third-best car this weekend, behind Red Bull and Ferrari. Despite this, a second-row slot was possible, but P7 was not where Hamilton wanted to end up.
“It’s almost impossible to overtake,” Hamilton said. “From where we are it’s pretty much the case, when everyone’s on the same speed.”
“Saturday is the day so obviously that really does put for sure the win out of reach, but I guess the minimum will be hopefully seventh. Then we’ve got to try and somehow see how we can move forward.”
“So yeah, difficult one. Obviously, Valtteri was able to get something out of it. But I think we’ve definitely had some problems today. Tomorrow afternoon, it’s a long, long day. Not the most exciting, potentially, but I’m hoping to try and see if we can move forwards.”
He also said he wouldn’t mind rain in the race, although there’s less than a 10% chance.
“I’m hopeful it could rain, I don’t think it will rain, but it would be nice if it did. I wouldn’t say I’m upset. Of course I have my frustrations. I guess I’m slightly better composed.”
Rain or shine, seventh place is still worth 6 points, which may prove crucial considering his title battle.