• Monaco Grand Prix - Qualifying

'I've been struggling' - Hamilton

ESPN Staff
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Lewis Hamilton was just 0.091s slower than Nico Rosberg in qualifying © Sutton Images
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Lewis Hamilton said he was "chuffed" to take second place on the grid for the Monaco Grand Prix as he has been struggling all weekend.

Nico Rosberg was quickest across all three practice sessions, with Hamilton generally around a quarter of a second slower than his team-mate. In a tight qualifying session, Hamilton improved to within 0.1s of Rosberg on his final lap to secure a Mercedes front-row lock-out for the second consecutive pace and he admitted it was a good result for him following his difficulties.

"I've been struggling all weekend as you can see, my pace has just been struggling all weekend," Hamilton said. "Just struggling with the car if I'm honest, it's the first time I've had that experience in Monaco. Since 2005, every year I've been on it and I didn't have any problems with confidence or anything like that but this weekend's been difficult.

"So I'm really happy to be here, obviously to be able to lock-out the front row for the team. Just a massive improvement for me considering all the sessions I had in qualifying so I'm still chuffed."

With Mercedes yet to turn one of its pole positions in to victory this season, Hamilton said he hoped to be able to nurse the tyres through the race.

"The team are doing a great job, I hope that here we have a bit of a better chance with the tyres. It's going to be difficult, but I've got a lot of work to do.

"We've got to look after our tyres, got to make sure that we do the amount of stops that we're planning to do and make our tyres last longer than everyone else's somehow. Considering we don't do that very well it's going to be tough, but I don't think it is impossible."