Lewis Hamilton is disappointed after a difficult Monaco GP and warns Mercedes “can’t afford” another weekend like this one after losing the lead in both championships.
Already on Saturday, Hamilton felt disappointed after qualifying in P7. The issues continued on Sunday, and Hamilton did not manage to gain any position also due to poor tire performance.
The Britton tried to undercut Pierre Gasly, but the move did not work out. Therefore, the seven-time world champion was stuck behind the Frenchman, who was also overtaken by Sebastian Vettel.
Toward the end of the race, Lews pitted again to fit the soft tires to set the fastest lap. This time, the strategy worked, and Lewis managed to score the additional point.
At the end of the race, Hamilton lost his lead over Max Verstappen, who leads the championship by four points.
“It’s going to be tough,” Hamilton said. “I told you at the beginning, they’ve got a championship-winning car, and they’re going to be very hard to beat.
“I’ve been serious about it all year. We’ve won races which we shouldn’t have won, like in Bahrain. But it’s not over. There’s a long, long way to go.
“We definitely can’t afford another weekend like this, but I’m grateful I’ve finished and grateful I finished and got some points, fastest lap.
“Every little point that you can get on a bad weekend like this, hopefully, can count towards something at the end.”
The poor performance of Lewis and the retirement of Valtteri Bottas due to an issue during a pit stop, saw Mercedes lose the lead of the constructor championship as well.
However, Hamilton believes that the team will learn from the mistakes of the Monaco GP, and it will come back stronger.
“Of course, it’s not a great weekend, but I don’t feel like I’m dwelling on it,” Hamilton said.
“There’s a lot that we could have done better in terms of how we prepared to go into the weekend. We’ve had some good conversations through the weekend. But it’s not good enough for all of us.
“We win and we lose as a team, and it’s collectively not a good job from all of us, across the board. And we don’t take it lightly.
“But there’s no point getting all depressed. We’ve got to start looking at the data and figuring out why we’re in this position.
“I’m going to be on calls over these next days once we get some analysis. Naturally, we all want answers within the team.
“I know everyone will be working flat out to make sure that hopefully, this kind of weekend doesn’t happen again.”