Lewis Hamilton finished 6th in Monaco

May 29th, 2011

It wasn’t a superb weekend for Lewis.

I think it basically was down to Qualifying 3, where Hamilton didn’t manage to show his real speed for various reasons (traffic/blocked, not enough runs, red flag etc., whatever it was down to, it wasn’t helping).

Not starting from where he should have started (most likely pole or there about) can’t be good – especially Monaco. So this situation can be frustrating.

Anyway, I think Martin made some objective comments after the race (below). Also he was saying that Lewis apologised to the race stewards afterwards about the ‘joke’ comment (this fact has most likely escaped most reporters or maybe it’s simply not dramatic enough for them to report.

Looking forward to the next race.

Lewis Hamilton after the race:

It’s been a disappointing weekend, really.

This afternoon, in the race itself, I made some strong moves on three drivers – Michael [Schumacher], Felipe [Massa] and Pastor [Maldonado] – and I got penalised for two of them.

With Felipe, I went up the inside at the hairpin, he turned in early and we touched. With Pastor, again, he turned in and I was pushed over the kerb.

“The penalties were frustrating: it’s really tough to overtake around here, and you rarely get an opportunity to do so. I was racing my heart out and just wanted to put on a good show for everyone.

Martin Whitmarsh after the race:

Our car had a lot of pace here in Monte-Carlo today – race-winning pace in fact – and I guess we’d therefore have to count ourselves as a bit unlucky not to have been able to convert that pace into the race win it could well have achieved.

We selected a three-stop strategy for Jenson – and, had the race not been red-flagged just as Jenson had caught Sebastian and Fernando, I think that that selection would have been revealed as the right one. Now, of course, we’ll never know – but it’s undeniable that Sebastian and Fernando were both on very worn tyres at the end, whereas Jenson’s were pretty fresh by comparison, so we definitely fancied his chances of being able to press home that advantage by overtaking the Ferrari and the Red Bull in the final laps. But, as I say, the red flag scuppered those chances.

Having said that, Jenson drove not only faultlessly but also very, very fast here this afternoon. Indeed, he posted the team’s 10,000th lap in the lead of a grand prix today, a stunning statistic. On his charge, he caught the Sebastian-Fernando battle by almost two seconds per lap whilst still managing to conserve his tyres. It was a truly excellent performance.

Lewis, by contrast, had a frustrating afternoon. I guess the reality is that, if you start anywhere other than at the front of the grid here in Monte-Carlo, you’re always going to run the risk of getting involved in incidents – especially if, like Lewis, you’re a forceful driver who never, ever, gives up. But that’s Lewis. That’s why he’s such a fantastic driver – and that’s why watching him race is so thrilling. So, yes, he’s disappointed, because he’s been seriously quick all weekend here, but that’s Monte-Carlo; that’s racing; that’s life.

Immediately after the race he was very down, and during a post-race TV interview he made a poor joke about his penalties that referenced Ali G. However, I’m pleased to say that he chose to return to the track a little while later to speak to the stewards about the joke. They accepted his explanation.

In summary, then, Sebastian was probably a bit luckier than Jenson today, but he drove well to win so congratulations are due. In Montreal, though, let’s hope it’s our turn to have a bit of luck on our side.

5 Responses to “Lewis Hamilton finished 6th in Monaco”

  1. F1Fan says:

    I got the joke and felt your frustration. There are few in F1 that I would actually call “racing” drivers – mainly just drivers. You make this a race because you go out to win from whatever position you qualify. It is exciting – otherwise we would be bored. Routing for you each race….. a long season and still plenty of opportunity. Don’t give up!

  2. fabio says:

    Só queria te dizer uma coisa continue assim! Infelizmente na Formula 1 só existe interesses! Mas o que vc fez hj foi verdadeiro, interesse! Tudo que é novo na Formula 1 não interessa! Nem todo tudo quer um piloto arrojado! Sou ìdolo do Ayrton e não poderia ser diferente sou brasileiro! Mas continue respeitando o automobilismo e continue fazendo o que vc sabe de melhor que é ultrapassar!Hj na Formula vc é melhor nem o Vetel é melhor que vc! O tempo dirá! abraços! Uma òtima tempora e se espelhe no Ayrton Senna, como vc sabe ele foi o melhor! abraços

  3. Jamal says:

    LH, please make sure you make the difference with all great “black” sporters. There is always people who thinks you do not belong there. Try to find coaching for yourself. I fully agree with your frustration. Because of you, I have the passion back to watch F1. I stopped watching after the great Senna died but I have been fired up since you are driving. PPPPPPleeeease, keep it cool. You CAN make the difference this season.

  4. Antonio says:

    Im from Brazil and I really like f1.
    I saw J. Villeneauve, Lauda, Piquet, Prost, Senna and everybody
    My man, good pilots like you appears almost every decade.
    Now there are two great talents whc came from end of 2000 decade, you and Vettel.

    But you are driving like a traditonal kamikaze, not like Kobasun because he is a champ…I support this guy.
    In 2007/2009 you were driving much better and now you are trying to pass on, I didn´t see any gap today… really, it´s not because of Massa, but you are crashing everytime that you try to pass someone, you done excellents overtakes on this year, but you are forcing…
    The fact is that the driver in front of you can´t even imagine you puting the car in places like you tried. Poor of Maldonado and Williams, It was ridiculous Lewis… you finnished their races.

    Man you are champ, go easy and try to respect the other drivers.

    Never say what you said again, it was absurd you are Champ not an idiot.


  5. joao neto says:

    Hey Hamilton, that’s the opinion of a Brazilian guy (About Monaco 2011). You did nothing wrong! Whoever says you were wrong does not know anything about racing. Perhaps does not even know how to drive on the streets! Everyone approaches that corner open wide (to be able to get the apex that is on the other side almost in the end of the curve) and because of that, one can see, you were committed to brake a fraction of seconds late to position your MacLaren on the inside of the Ferrari. Massa felt what was coming, since he got on that corner in a train, behind Alguersuari and Webber, and he closed the door on you without caring for the consequences. People just don’t understand that after you guys touched you kept accelerating (controlling the throttle) because if you had stopped moving, Massa´s rear wheel would go over your front one, or get jammed, and the race track would be blocked. Massa might be crying foul, but don’t worry, we know who is who! Go get them!

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