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Mercedes no nearer to understanding poor Monaco showing

Mercedes no nearer to understanding poor Monaco showing

The Scuderia Ferrari and current Championship leader trailed Raikkonen in the first half of the race, but put in some strong laps once the Finn had made his pit stop, and did enough to come back out in front of his team-mate when he made his own stop.

Hamilton has won twice in Monaco, including last year's race, and Mercedes had won the last four races in the Mediterranean principality. But the triple world champion admitted he can ill-afford another off-colour weekend if he is to halt Vettel's charge.

"Obviously it wasn't ideal to end up behind a lapped vehicle and obviously it is something that definitely doesn't help but the end result is what it is but we have to see".

The unofficial talk is that Hamilton is the No. 1, ahead of Bottas - who had never won a race before joining from Williams to hurriedly replace Rosberg.

What is of concern for Hamilton and Mercedes is that he has experienced similar problems twice this season and on both occasions neither affected his team-mate Valtteri Bottas as badly. It sure helps to be the leading auto, without any traffic, so that you get better into the rhythm.

"We are racing, we get on well".

"So we'll regroup, get the auto back to where we know it's comfortable for the next races, try to understand the ultra-soft tyre a bit better and come back stronger". "It is one of those races when you hope to get more".

"It's clear to me that Ferrari have chosen their No. 1 driver", said Hamilton, who finished seventh and is now 25 points behind Vettel in the championship race.




"It is really important we collectively work as a team more than ever before, as we have been, because our work is to beat the Ferraris in the constructors' but there might be some things along the way positioning-wise that might become valuable". "I can't obviously complain how it worked out and I have to thank the team". "It's great to see what we were able to do".

"It's really important that we work as a team, more than anything, as we have been".

Hamilton will head to Montreal for the next stop on the grand prix calendar a week on Sunday.

"These first six races of the season are worth as much as the arrival of an airplane for someone shipwrecked on a deserted island". But Ferrari's resurgence this season, and Hamilton's vehicle troubles, makes a sixth victory far from a foregone conclusion.

After three years of unbroken supremacy, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said Monday that he relishes the idea that his champions are now underdogs in this year's Formula One title battle.

"We are the underdog".

'Yes we are the underdog and yes we need to catch up, ' said the Austrian.


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