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Mercedes completely in the dark regarding Hamilton pace

Lewis Hamilton had a day to forget on Saturday, as he could only muster the seventh fastest time in qualifying. Mercedes don't know the reason for his struggles, though Toto Wolff says they will look into the matter.

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Safe to say Mercedes boss Toto Wolff wasn't pleased with what he saw on Saturday, as Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday's Monaco GP in third and seventh respectively.

Not ideal given how difficult it is to pass around the streets of Monte Carlo. Wolff admitted it wasn't the ideal Saturday for the Silver Arrows, especially for Hamilton, who seemed unable to find grip when he needed it.

"It was not a good day for us overall because we need to find out why we couldn't get Lewis' car in a happier place," Wolff told Sky Sports.

"We don't know. It looked like the whole day we weren't able to generate grip on Lewis' car."

As for Bottas, the Finn saw a chance at pole position taken away at the end of Q3 when Charles Leclerc crashed into the barriers. Nevertheless, he seemed to be more comfortable than his teammate.

"Valtteri got there and was happy in the morning session and then obviously you build confidence," Wolff added.

"Valtteri would have been on a pole lap. He was two and half tenths up on his lap and probably would have just made it, at least that's what the predictor told us. But crashes happen in Q3."

When asked whether Leclerc may have crashed into the wall to preserve his spot on pole, Wolff doesn't think that is the case.

"Such a crash could put you in real jeopardy. If the gearbox is broken, he goes back. It was a hard impact," Wolff concluded.

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