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Hamilton: These things happen

Lewis Hamilton says the Monaco Grand Prix was one of those races that just didn't go his way...
Lewis Hamilton refused to be too despondent with the result of the Monaco Grand Prix, despite missing out on the chance to help Mercedes to a 1-2 finish.

Despite admitting he was struggling to match the pace of team-mate Nico Rosberg, the Briton qualified on the front row of the grid and managed to hold second into St Devote for the first time despite the best efforts of Sebastian Vettel to find a way through.

Hamilton held the German at bay through the opening stint but then lost out when the Safety Car was deployed following Felipe Massa's accident as both Vettel and Mark Webber were able to jump ahead.

Finding himself down in fourth spot, Hamilton did his best to find a way back ahead of Webber and even managed to get alongside at Rascasse at one stage, although he was unable to make a move stick.

Taking the flag off the podium in fourth as a result, Hamilton was left to wonder what might have been but insisted that things simply hadn't gone his way on a weekend that 'hadn't been the best' on his side of the garage.

“It's been a great weekend for the team and I'm really happy for everyone,” he reflected after a weekend where team-mate Rosberg took the first Mercedes win of 2013. “Big congratulations to Nico, he's been awesome all weekend here and really deserves that victory. From my side, this weekend hasn't really been the best and we didn't make the most of the opportunity for a one-two finish today.

“When the safety car came out, I needed to maintain a gap so we didn't get delayed with the double pit stop but unfortunately the gap was too big and we lost out to the two Red Bulls. That's motor racing and these things happen sometimes. It's the tightest track in the world here and virtually impossible to overtake unless you are much quicker than the car in front so there was nothing I could do to improve my position.

“But it's great for the team to have achieved our first victory of the season and I hope we can carry through the performance we showed here to Montreal.”

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slayer - Unregistered

May 26, 2013 8:09 PM

Unlucky LU clearly quicker than the Red Bull cars who could only pass you via the ptstop. It was clear you were quicker than Webber and was all over the Aussie and surly your choice to leave Mclaren was the right thing as the team is now a midfield team with Button and Perez giving us their version of the wacky races lol.


May 27, 2013 8:14 AM

What takes longer driving at 150mph for 5 seconds or standing still for 5 seconds? See where I'm going with this? He should have been right up Nico's trumpet coming into the pits, he would have been stationary for less than 3 seconds while Nico pitted. There was just no need to maintain any form of gap between the 2 cars, the fastest way to service the 2 cars would be to have them coming in nose to tail.

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