Hamilton regrets Mercedes criticism over Monaco performance

BAKU, AZERBAIJAN – JUNE 03: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talks in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan at Baku City Circuit on June 03, 2021 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes did not have a great weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix, as the German team failed to achieve a podium.

During and after the race, Hamilton did not shy away from publicly criticizing his team for the mistakes that were made. However, the Briton now admits that he should have voiced this criticism “behind closed doors.”

Hamilton only finished seventh at the Monaco GP, with his teammate Valtteri Bottas retiring after a pit stop. Hamilton’s rival, Max Verstappen, won the race and thus took over the world championship lead. After the race, the seven-time world champion appeared disappointed and criticized the team for its decisions during the race.

“We lost a lot of points today for a really, really poor performance from the team… I’m definitely a little bit surprised by it.”

Ahead of this week’s GP in Baku, Hamilton has now admitted mistakes in his criticism.

“I think naturally in the heat of the moment, you don’t always say the best things. I think constructive criticism is always a good thing, better said behind closed doors and that is what we’ve been doing.

“I think there was no one single person to blame. I was very much part of the decision-making process, and after going back and having a look, and analyzing things, there are things that I could have said that would have set a domino effect on.

“So, we know that we could have done better, and one race doesn’t define us. Of course, you always try and do better in the future. As I said, we win, and we lose as a team so we will push forwards and hope for better.

The Briton has high expectations for the race in Baku and wants to regain his championship lead.

“It’s a slightly different circuit with different requirements. And obviously the temperature difference is a bit different here this weekend. So, I think a different set of challenges probably this weekend. I don’t think necessarily our performance will be the same as we saw in the last race.”

One of the biggest issues for this race weekend are the “flexi wings” that have been used by some teams in recent races. Hamilton’s reaction to the new technology was guarded.

“I think regardless of what I think, it doesn’t really make a difference. I’m not looking to get headlines with it. I heard about it, I spoke about it and the fact is that they passed the tests that are given for this weekend, so we proceed in the way things are.

“Of course, it is an advantage on the straights, it can give good time, but we’ll just try and be the best we can with what we have and hopefully the future will be better in terms of how they measure these sorts of things.”

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