Mercedes, Not Me, Have Lessons to Learn From Monaco GP Flop: Lewis Hamilton

Published 05/23/2021, 3:20 PM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain Mercedes AMG Petronas looks on in parc ferme next to Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Red Bull Racing after winning the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 09, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


Lewis Hamilton recorded his worst F1 points finish since the 2019 German Grand Prix after he could only record 6 points, courtesy of a 7th-placed finish in Monaco.

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But he does not blame himself for his plight, rather the most successful team of the turbo-hybrid era, Mercedes. Hamilton was notably unhappy with his think-tank yesterday.

And race day was no different, taking a jibe at his team, the circuit kingpin said, “For me personally, no. The team, for sure.”

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When asked to shed more light on the same, he replied, “I haven’t spoken to them yet, so I don’t know where everything went wrong but…”

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 22, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton reacts after qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

This comes after he highlighted the need to have ‘tough discussions’ with his team during the post-qualifying interviews. He could only qualify in 7th place, as opposed to his teammate, Valtteri Bottas. Hence, the issue solely lay on his side of the garage.

Apparently, there were some set-up changes relating to tire warm-up. According to Team Principal, Toto Wolff, the Briton wanted to go in a different direction with the set-up, but his team overruled him and it clearly went terribly wrong.

Lewis Hamilton does not expect much at ‘another Red Bull track’ in Baku

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Before coming to this weekend in Monte Carlo, Red Bull were anointed as the favorites. And Hamilton expects Baku, another street track, to be no different. On being asked if it will suit the car any better, he replied,

“No, it is another Red Bull track. So, it would be hard to beat them again there but we’ll try our best. I can’t see it being hugely dissimilar to here. Except that you have got the longer straights where usually Ferrari is a little bit down; it will be interesting.”

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Nacho Doce
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Trouble in paradise? Does it signal a few cracks in their relationship now? Or is it just a hard taskmaster demanding more from his team?

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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