Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes will have a better weekend in Monaco following their poor performance in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Although he admitted there was no easy solution to Mercedes’ tyre degradation problems, Hamilton said he “definitely” expected a better performance this weekend.
“I think a huge amount of work has gone into understanding where we went wrong,” he added. “The guys have really kick-started a lot of different discussions.”
“Obviously it’s a real science trying to understand these tyres. Everyone’s trying to understand them but I really feel this weekend will be a better weekend for us compared to last and moving on from here I think we’ll just continue to learn and improve.”
However he stopped short of saying the race represented his best chance to win a grand prix so far this year: “We have a good opportunity this weekend but you never know what the others are capable of.”
“Last year [Mercedes] were quite competitive here, obviously our car is better this year so we should still be competitive this year. But the Ferraris and the Lotuses and Red Bull are massively competitive as well so we just have to wait and see.”
However he pointed out that the difficulty of overtaking would hand an advantage to whoever starts ahead: “I think if you just watch last year, it was very difficult to overtake.”
“I think it was Mark [Webber] won it last year and just controlled from the front even though he had a very competitive car. Overtaking is very difficult here as I proved a couple of years ago. So if you’re able to get up front it’s more than likely that if you’re able to manage your tyres you can stay there, definitely.”
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