Hamilton rules himself out of victory after frustrating qualifying

Mercedes-AMG’s Lewis Hamilton resigned himself to a challenging Monaco GP after a miserable qualifying session. 

A disastrous qualifying session left Lewis Hamilton deflated and frustrated as the seven-time champion could only finish in seventh for tomorrow’s Monaco GP.

The Brit was consistently slower than teammate Valtteri Bottas, never mind challenging the Ferrari’s and Max Verstappen.

Hamilton mused on his chances in tomorrow’s race.

“Saturday is the day, so obviously, that really does put for sure the win out of reach, but I guess the minimum will be hopefully seventh.”

Surprisingly for Hamilton, he criticised the team in his post-qualifying remarks; “There will be some tough discussions that we’re going to have with my engineers tonight, or maybe after the weekend.

“There are things that should have been done and haven’t been done. But we will learn from it and come together, stronger in the next race.

“I can’t really say too much about it, and also I don’t want to be critical of the team, but behind closed doors, I will be. And we have got to work harder.”

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Furthermore, Hamilton felt like the team made significant mistakes since the first practice sessions on Thursday.

“We then made some changes to try and take steps backwards and move the car to a different place, and the car was worse than ever. So I think we really lost our way from Thursday.”

The reigning champion thought the team pivoted in the wrong direction, setup wise after FP3.

“There were lots of changes that we did in the car after FP3, because FP3 was a disaster.

“And that’s from the work that we’ve done in the last couple of days. It was ultimately the wrong direction, completely missed the ball.”

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Ultimately, Hamilton’s most significant issue is the tyre warm-up, as he explained after the session.

“We definitely struggle (with tyre warm up), and I think this gets magnified here because it is a low energy circuit.

“There are not really any high-speed areas, and then today, it was much, much colder. So it’s sort of got worse over the day or so.”

The disconsolate world champion looks for a miracle tomorrow if he plans to hold onto the championship lead and it could develop into a tough afternoon for Hamilton and Mercedes.