Hamilton unhappy after poor qualifying effort at Monaco

MONACO (AP) — Lewis Hamilton decreased to openly slam Mercedes after a messed up certifying effort at the Monaco Grand Prix. He’ll conserve his feedback for a personal group conference.

The chauffeur with a record 100 poles in his profession certified a meager seventh ahead of Sunday’s race.

Hamilton may have gotten a couple of areas on the beginning grid however the seven-time Solution One champ was unable to complete his last certifying lap due to the fact that the session ended when pole-sitter Charles Leclerc crashed with 18 seconds staying in Saturday’s session.

Even if Leclerc had actually not crashed, Hamilton was not likely to break the leading 3.

“I can’t really say too much about it, also I don’t want to be critical of the team. But behind closed doors I will be,” he stated. “There will be some tough discussions to have, tonight or maybe after the weekend. There are things that should have been done that haven’t been done. We will learn from it and come back stronger for the next race.”

Hamilton felt Mercedes struggled with tires.

“The tires were just not working,” Hamilton stated. “The Ferraris and the Red Bulls definitely have better capabilities (to) get their tires working, and we as a team didn’t do a good enough job.”

It appeared as if Hamilton would have a hard time even prior to certifying started. He was seventh in 3rd practice and routed competing Max Verstappen by a substantial .73 seconds. Mercedes attempted to enhance the vehicle for certifying however the effort did not work.

“There were a lot of changes we did to the car. Completely wrong direction, completely missed the ball,” Hamilton stated. “Then we made some changes to try and take steps backward and move the car into a different place. The car was worse than ever. So I think we really lost our way.”

Hamilton fared much better in earlier session when he ended up 5th and 3rd in warmer conditions.

“Of course I have my frustrations. I was feeling hopeful on Thursday, I thought we would be able to at least fight in the top three (for qualifying),” he stated. “But there are steps that we’ve taken that have led us (in) the wrong direction.”

Hamilton was outqualified by colleague Valtteri Bottas, who was 3rd behind Verstappen and Leclerc. However Hamilton was irritated that competitors warmed their tires much better in cool conditions.

“We definitely struggle, and it’s magnified here being that it’s a low energy circuit with (no) high-speed areas,” he stated. “Today was much, much cooler so you saw it got worse. I’m not sure really how Valtteri was able to get his tires working.”

Hamilton might climb one put on the beginning grid if the damage to Leclerc’s vehicle causes transmission repair work and a five-place grid charge. However that would do little to enhance his opportunities of a 99th profession win on perhaps the hardest track for surpassing in F1.

“P7 is not the best place to start here,” he stated. “I’m hopeful that it could rain. If it’s dry (there’s) not a huge amount you can do.”


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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.