Hamilton grits teeth after Monaco slip-up.
Despite being cost a maiden victory at the Monaco Grand Prix by a bizarre pit-stop, Lewis Hamilton bit his tongue, after seeing Mercedes colleague Nico Rosberg handed the win.
Hamilton looked in imperious form on the Monte Carlo streets, leading from pole and seemingly cruising to a win that would have extended his lead at the top of the drivers’ standings.
Instead, after Max Verstappen’s heavy crash, Hamilton was called into the pits and given super soft tyres.
With just nine laps remaining after the safety car was called in, and Monaco a notoriously difficult circuit to overtake on, Hamilton ended up third behind Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.
A stony-faced Hamilton said afterwards: “It was not the easiest of races. The team has done amazing all year long, we win and we lose together.
“I’m sure we will sit down afterwards and try to think of ways we can improve.”
Rosberg was quick to acknowledge that his team-mate would have been a worthy winner, but had few complaints as he closed to within 10 points of Hamilton.
“Very, very happy of course,” the German said, having secured Monaco victory for a third successive year.
“I know it was just a lot of luck. Lewis drove brilliantly and would have deserved the win for sure but that’s the way it is in racing.
“It’s difficult in the car to judge what decisions are being made. It was hard to do the restart with the hard tyres which were very cold.
“I know I got lucky, I will just enjoy the moment now. Lewis was a little bit stronger this weekend so I have to work hard.”