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Lewis Hamilton: "I'm just grateful to have ended up in P7"

05 June 2017, 08:00 | Rose Hansen

Lewis Hamilton believes he can not afford another poor weekend if he wants to beat Formula One title rival Sebastian Vettel to this year's world championship.

The Briton told reporters after the German handed Ferrari their first Monaco Grand Prix win in 16 years that the Italian team was clearly favouring the championship leader over his team mate Kimi Raikkonen.

The Finn, the 2007 world champion, had started on pole but, as a result of strategy, was relegated to the support role in their first one-two since 2010 instead of standing atop the podium. "It's clear to me that Ferrari have chosen their number one driver, so they're pushing everything to make sure Sebastian is maximized on all of his weekends".

"It is very hard for the leading auto to get jumped unless the team decide to favour the other vehicle". "They needed to pit one of the two drivers and put one on the super-soft and how it all planned out, the super-soft was not quick enough and Sebastian was able to pull out some stunning laps on the used ultra-soft and that gave him the advantage over Kimi - I don't think they saw that coming. It's the right result for the team and for the drivers' championship - but I don't think it was orchestrated".

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda had said that if one driver was holding the other up, he had to let the quicker one past.

Valtteri Bottas was fourth and as we already said, Hamilton finished in the 7th place. It is just about bringing the tyres into the right window and we have a fast vehicle but she doesn't like the tyres.

It was also the 29-year-old German's second Monaco triumph, his third win this year and the 45th of his career.

"I like to look at the glass half-full - today I'm generally really happy with the day". "Of course ultimately I lost a lot of points today but looking at it as one race, and as a whole today, I came here starting thirteenth". He walked away from his cockpit and was taken to the on-track medical centre for precautionary checks.

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff described the team's 2017 challenger as "a bit of a diva", and very particular about its operating window, during the Monaco weekend. That is something which we need to understand why that is because Ferrari is able to put the vehicle on the floor and it goes from straight from the beginning until the end.

'Yes we are the underdog and yes we need to catch up, ' said the Austrian. "This is the new reality at the moment".

Hamilton, who struggled all weekend in Monte Carlo, will now aim to bounce back at one of his favourite races, next month's Canadian Grand Prix, but has admitted he faces a major challenge.

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