Lewis Hamilton Explains Why He’s “Grateful” for Disastrous F1 Weekend in Monaco

Published 05/25/2021, 6:35 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES


Mercedes are always favorites to win at a Grand Prix every weekend. However, things were different for the Silver Arrows this weekend, as Valtteri Bottas had to retire from the race, and Lewis Hamilton finished in seventh place. Despite making his frustration known, the Knight is looking at the bright side of it all; he is grateful to score some points that can play a role in their hunt for the title.

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Due to their brilliant performance at Monte Carlo, courtesy of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, who finished first and fourth, respectively, Red Bull lead the table with 149 points. Their rivals, Mercedes, are second in line, just one point adrift.

Lewis Hamilton shows humbleness in defeat after Monaco Grand Prix

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As quoted by the Guardian, Hamilton said, “It’s going to be tough, they have a championship-winning car and they will be very hard to beat. I have been serious about this all year. It’s not over, there is a long, long way to go.

“I am grateful we finished and got some points and the fastest lap. Every point you can get on a bad weekend like this can count towards something at the end.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 17, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Bryn Lennon Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

He added, “We have a very open discussion, open and honest. The reason we have all these championships is we make plenty of mistakes but we always come back stronger and learn from them.

“I am often grateful for days like this because you learn the most. If you are winning all the time you learn less and there is a lot to learn from this weekend. We don’t have all the answers but it will force us to search for them,” Lewis concluded.

Toto Wolff shares his thoughts on the disastrous Monaco race

Team principal of Mercedes, Toto Wolff is used to winning at every race, but when things don’t go his way, his emotions get the better of him. And so, he didn’t hold back after tasting defeat in Monte Carlo.

Speaking to Sky Sports. Wolff said, “I’d like to cry right now, but that wouldn’t be productive. The whole weekend was forgotten. But we have to do exactly the opposite. We have to put our heads together and find out why we feel it all weekend lacked pace.

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Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – April 30, 2021 Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff talks in the Team Principals Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

“All in all, I’m anything but happy,” Wolff concluded. (Translated from German via Google)

The Brackley-based squad would aim to get back on top of the championship and hope that they can score maximum points in the upcoming race in Baku at the start of June.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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