Lewis Hamilton has been left frustrated after finishing today’s Monaco Grand Prix in second place, citing that something in his eye towards the end of the race scuppered his chances of catching race winner and teammate Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton was fuming yesterday after missing out on pole position under controversial circumstances, and a good start from Rosberg meant that he trailed heading into the first round of pit stops. He vented his anger to the team over the radio after stopping, believing that he should have done so one lap earlier, but remained within two seconds of Rosberg.
However, with just over 20 laps to go, Hamilton’s pace dropped. The team asked him what the problem was, and he informed them that he couldn’t see much after getting some dirt or dust in his eye. Third placed Daniel Ricciardo was closing quickly, but Hamilton cried: “I don’t care about Ricciardo! I want to know the gap to Nico please.”
Ultimately, he finished just four-tenths of a second ahead of Ricciardo, and was clearly disappointed in the post-race interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch.
Not only has the Briton’s winning streak come to an end, but he has also lost the lead of the drivers’ championship to his teammate.