The lack of performance of Pirelli’s rubber led Hamilton to make do with P7 by the end of the Monaco Grand Prix which was won by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
Could not get our tyres to work: Hamilton
Hamilton has hopes that his team would be able to find solutions to the impending problems so that the scenario does not repeat in the future.
“People know we struggle with our tyres in cold conditions,” said Hamilton. “For whatever reasons, we couldn’t get our tyres working the way others could.
“But then at the same time, they [Mercedes’ rivals] are able to have really good long runs or race pace, so that is a big, big question of how we are utilizing the tyres on tracks like Monaco.
“Obviously, in previous races, we’ve generally been relatively good on the tyres but that one particularly has been weak, so that is an area we need to try and understand and rectify for the future.”
Have to be prepared before Baku
The Brit also reveals that by the next race at Baku, he will have discussed with his team how to move forward with the issue.
The Monaco Grand Prix was the outfit’s worst performance since the introduction of the turbo-hybrid era in 2014.
“We don’t like to kick each other when we are down,” added Hamilton. “There’s no finger-pointing so there is no individual that takes the blame. We win and we lose as a team.
“We have a very open discussion, very open and honest. It’s not a personal thing. It’s like ‘Hey man, this should have been better, this should have been better. Can we do this? Why didn’t we do this?’.
“We all take everything on board and it’s constructive discussion and if there is any constructive criticism we take it on board and we just huddle up, we do the work, we get on a call.”
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