After Lewis Hamilton made his frustration clear during a poor Mercedes showing at the Monaco GP, Formula 1‘s managing director Ross Brawn tipped the seven-time champion to bounce back as he isn’t used to this type of agitation.
Hamilton endured a difficult few days in Monaco, and only managed to finish seventh in the race on Sunday after spending the entire duration behind Pierre Gasly’s Alpha Tauri, while title rival Max Verstappen sweat to victory.
“Lewis was clearly agitated with the way his weekend was going in Monaco and that frustration boiled over in the race,” Brawn wrote on Formula1.com.
“When he was unhappy with how his strategy was playing out. He’s a fierce competitor, so it should be expected that he will get frustrated when things don’t go his way. He has rarely had to experience this, so he’s a bit out of practice in handling these things.
“Yes, he was pretty robust but when he reflects on this weekend, I’m sure he will look at it differently. Mercedes and Lewis have been together for a long time, and know each other well, so they will get over it. It won’t be an issue.”
It wasn’t only Hamilton who had a tough time, teammate Valtteri Bottas was forced to retire when a threaded wheel nut meant his tyre was unable to be removed at a pit stop.
“His teammate Valtteri was unlucky, too,” Brawn went on. “He didn’t have the best car this weekend, but he looked in good shape for a podium before the pit stop problem.
“You see that issue once in a blue moon, so he’s been very unlucky.”
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Sebastian Vettel managed a fifth place in Monaco, after starting eighth on the grid with his Aston Martin, as an excellent strategy call allowed him to leapfrog Gasly and Hamilton.
“It was great to see Sebastian Vettel back in the points,” Brawn said.
“I will openly admit I’ve had my doubts about him in recent times and he’s been a bit lacklustre in his final years at Ferrari and then when he joined Aston Martin.
“But in Monaco, Sebastian definitely found his mojo. His performance in the race was very strong and reminded us of what we had come to expect from the four-time world champion.”