• Monaco Grand Prix

Hamilton admits McLaren was not quick enough

ESPNF1 Staff
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Lewis Hamilton extracted everything he could from the McLaren © Sutton Images
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Lewis Hamilton is pinning his hopes on his McLaren's race pace at the Monaco Grand Prix, after he claimed to have extracted everything from it in qualifying and only achieved fifth on the grid.

He said there was no way he could have done any better and that the Red Bulls were significantly faster in the second sector.

"On that last lap I literally got everything that was in the car, there was really nothing left," said Hamilton. "So clearly the Red Bulls have quite a lot more downforce, especially in the middle sector - they're half a second faster than me. Literally, I touched all the barriers I could touch and used all the road I could use, so I'm happy with my performance."

He added that he does not expect the gap to the front runners to be quite so big on Sunday and is happy his grid spot is on the racing line.

"It would've been great to be on pole, but the race is tomorrow, we're on the clean side for the start, and it's not over till it's over," Hamilton said. "Tomorrow hopefully the car will be a little bit more competitive in the race, and hopefully we can make some steps forward."