Lewis Hamilton has made no excuses after failing to finish on the podium today in Monaco, admitting that he wasn’t good enough in the race.
The 2008 world champion started the race in 2nd place alongside teammate Nico Rosberg on the front row, and he managed to hold position until the first safety car period. Mercedes opted to queue their drivers in the pits, and Hamilton lost out to both Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in the process. He trailed Webber for the rest of the race before dropping back towards the end, eventually finishing 4th, 7.5 seconds behind the Red Bull.
“I don’t put it down to bad luck. I wasn’t good enough this weekend,” Hamilton said in an interview after the race.
“Big congratulations to Nico and the team, they did a great job today and I have to keep working harder.”
Hamilton was disappointed to have lost out to the Red Bull drivers under the safety car, costing the team a potential one-two finish. He was happy to accept the blame for the mistake.
“It was my mistake today. I was told to have a six-second gap, and I had a little more than six seconds and I lost out. That’s motor racing.”
After the red flag, Hamilton was quick to apologize to the team about the incident, saying “I can’t believe we lost out to the Red Bulls.” He will be hoping to bounce back next time out in Canada, where he has won three times before.
Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).
However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.
However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.
Monaco Grand Prix coverage continues with FP3 and qualifying on Saturday. Full times are linked here.
In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth.
On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).
Check out the above video.
Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.
Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).