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Hamilton celebrates Monaco best time: No stable direction for Hamilton

Hamilton celebrates first Monaco best
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L ewis Hamilton had to take his first pole position for a long time Monte Carlo waiting. The 2008 winner only made it to the ninth attempt. The world championship leader beamed all the more: 'I know that I'm fast here. But somehow it never worked. Sometimes I made mistakes, sometimes I wasn't in the right car, sometimes other circumstances were to blame. That's why I have pole position so good. '

Under certain circumstances, Hamilton probably also thought of the last year when he had to call off his assault on the fastest time because Nico Rosberg triggered the yellow flags with a brake on the Mirabeau curve. This time too, Rosberg braked himself. Twice, and always in the same place. And to his detriment. The challenger dropped anchor too late in the second attempt in Q2 and Q3 in front of the St. Dévote curve.

Hamilton worked on his weak points

Before that, the pendulum between the Mercedes Pilots panned back and forth. 'Lewis had the upper hand until the third free practice session. Then I finally found my rhythm. I was faster in Q1 and Q2. Too bad that I lost the thread again in Q3,' said an annoyed Rosberg. The German was four tenths faster than his teammate in the second knockout round of qualification. And he suddenly feared that the notebook was about to slip out of his hand: 'Somehow it didn't go smoothly. Fortunately, I found the reset button.'

Hamilton approached this Monaco weekend differently the eight before. 'I knew about my weak points on this track. I focused on them in free practice in order to eradicate them. That worked. The telemetry data showed me that I was the fastest in the field, especially in these two or three corners.'

In the first attempt of the final qualifying round, it was very close in favor of Hamilton. The Englishman advanced with 1.15.304 minutes. Rosberg countered with 1.15.440 minutes. 'I was sure that I would turn that around because I had a bit too much understeer and therefore had the front wing set steeper.' And then Rosberg landed again in the emergency exit of the first corner: 'It was exactly the same mistake as in Q2. I had to increase the risk and went a little too far.'

Only two chances for Rosberg

The brake plates on the front tires won't disturb Rosberg during the race. He will race on the set of tiresstart with which he set the fastest time in Q2. And he'll continue the race after the pit stop on a fresh set of the harder tires. Monte Carlo is a one-stop race. That makes it so difficult to get past the opponent.

In fact, it reduces the chances to two moments. The start and the pit stop. Rosberg does not want to overestimate the fact that the runner-up won the start in the GP2 races. 'For us, the technology plays a more important role at the start. In GP2, it's only up to the driver. We can do little with such a short run-up.' The sprint into the first corner is only 210 meters long.

Rosberg sees an opportunity for this at the pit stop. 'Lewis will get in before me, but he'll have to switch to the hard tires. If I've been careful with the soft tires, I'll have to make a full attack on one lap.' And otherwise? 'A normal overtaking maneuver is not possible. Therefore, I can only keep the pressure as high as possible to rush Lewis into a mistake.'

Low temperatures help Mercedes

The command post from Mercedes will have to tremble at the start. Because it is so important to the outcome of the race and because so much can go wrong. Nevertheless, team manager Toto Wolff is taboo: 'We will not intervene. Our drivers know what to do. There is no need to influence anything from outside.' For Wolff, the training success of the Silver Arrows was no surprise, at most the distance to Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel's fastest time in the third training session did not worry the Mercedes strategists.

Wolff: 'We knew that we still had something in our pockets. Lewis's tire pressures weren't right. Nico was still looking for his rhythm. The big gap to Ferrari is only due to the lower temperatures in qualifying Our car is pretty insensitive. The Ferrari seems to lose proportionally more lap time at low temperatures. '


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