Lewis Hamilton not looking to be Mercedes' No 1 driver

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05 June, 2017

"I know how it feels, it's not a good feeling", reigning champion Nico Rosberg, who retired at the end of previous year, consoled him at the post-race interview. "This is the reality of it at the moment".

Sebastian Vettel has played down suggestions the Ferrari pit wall orchestrated his victory over teammate Kimi Raikkonen at the Monaco Grand Prix.

But it was shrouded in controversy.

"The leading auto, it is very hard for him to get jumped unless the team decide to favour the other vehicle, so it's great for him (Vettel)", Hamilton said after the Monaco GP, via ESPN.Daniel Ricciardo, Vettel's teammate during a dismal season at Red Bull in 2014, finished third to make it an even worse day for Mercedes.Hamilton's frustrations behind Kyvat were clear before he complained on team radio."It was a little bit unfortunate with the yellow flag, but it doesn't really matter now if I could have gone faster", Hamilton said.

In what turned out to be a hard weekend for Mercedes, Valtteri Bottas' fourth place finish was the best the reigning world champions could manage, as Hamilton recovered from 13th on the grid to cross the line seventh, following his early qualifying exit.

'It turned out to be OK on Valtteri's auto but not great on mine.

"I don't now feel that we have to have a No1", Hamilton said.

"There are so many different things we need to look into, to try and understand why one auto can make the tyres work and the other cannot".

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"But there might be some things along the way that position-wise, at some stage, might become valuable but who knows what is going to happen".

"We get along well and I can understand Kimi's not totally happy today", he said. "So they are going to be pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will maximise on all of his weekends".

Indeed, after just six races Hamilton trails Sebastian Vettel by 25 points following the Ferrari driver's victory here.

"They are finally where we were back in the days when you finish one and two and you have to explain why the right guy won", he said. "Because the underdog is the one that people want to see win".

"We have been dropping in and out of the "tyre window" and never had two cars within that window over the course of whole weekend".

Mercedes' weekend was blighted by problems making the ultra-soft tyre work at its best consistently, a problem that also afflicted Hamilton two races ago in Russian Federation.

"It's clear to me that Ferrari have chosen their number one driver", Hamilton said. The leading vehicle, is very hard for him to get jumped unless the team decide to favor the other auto, so it's great for him.

"Our vehicle is not working everywhere we go, but the more races we do, the more we learn and the stronger we get".


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