Hamilton wants an answer to ‘the big, big question’ from Mercedes – “Could hamper title chances”

Lewis Hamilton has asked his team to help him understand his car’s tyre anomalies which could hamper his chances for the Formula 1 title.

Technical director James Allison revealed that Mercedes has always faced issues trying to get their tyres to work around a circuit such as Monaco.

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.

Hamilton’s Mercedes. Source: uk.style.yahoo.com

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.”

Toto Wolff and Lewis Hamilton. Source: grandprix247.com

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.

Valtteri Bottas’ failed pitstop. Source: autosport.com

“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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