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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton: Monaco a lesson for the team, not me

After entering the F1 Monaco GP as the championship leader, Lewis Hamilton leaves Monte Carlo four points back of rival Max Verstappen. The Brit hopes the poor performance will help the team moving forward .

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Things didn't go to plan for Lewis Hamilton in Monaco as the Brit could only muster a seventh place finish, and he made it clear the result will serve as a lesson for Mercedes rather than him personally.

The reigning champion never seemed comfortable throughout the weekend in Monte Carlo, registering the seventh fastest time in qualifying and following it up with a P7 finish on Sunday. Hamilton's frustrations were audible as he spoke with his Mercedes team via the team radio, lamenting their decision to bring him in early for his only pit stop of the day.

It opened the door for the likes of Sergio Perez, Sebastian Vettel and Pierre Gasly to leapfrog him on track, which proved costly in the end as Hamilton no longer sits atop the Drivers' Championship despite entering Sunday's race with a 14 point advantage. Now four points back ahead of the next race in Baku, Hamilton made it clear there are lessons to be learned for Mercedes.

"Lessons to be learned from today? For me personally, no," Hamilton told Ziggo Sport. "The team, for sure.

"There are 17 races ahead so let's see what happens."

Next up is a visit to the streets of Baku in Azerbaijan, but Hamilton isn't all that confident of Mercedes' prospects ahead of the event.

"Baku is another Red Bull track so it will be hard to beat them there," Hamilton added. "We'll try our best. I can't see it being hugely dissimilar to here, except you have the longer straights where Ferrari a little bit down. It will be interesting."

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