Speaking at the Circuit de Monaco on Wednesday, the Brit revealed that whilst he is cautious of not knowing where the other teams will be in terms of pace, he is confident that they can do well.
He said “It’s a good opportunity,” before adding: “But you never know what the other teams are capable of.
“Mercedes were competitive here last year, and we have better a car this year, so we should be competitive. But the Red Bull, the Lotus and the Ferrari will be massively competitive too, so let’s just wait and see.”
Rosberg finished second in last years race and Hamilton is known for being fast around the twisty streets. However discussion on who will be strong in Monaco is largely focusing around the lack of overtaking opportunities. Mercedes have so far been the fastest team on Saturday but suffer huge tyre struggles in the race. If their troubles return in Monaco then they could have their best shot yet to win a Grand Prix; as staying at the front is far easier around the principality.
However, Hamilton revealed that the teams efforts are largely going into solving their tyre troubles. “It’s definitely something we are trying to improve and we are working hard to understand it, a huge amount of work has gone into understanding why it’s happening and it has already kick-started a lot of ideas,” he said.
The Brit feels that with Monaco’s low wear and degradation rates it should be a stronger weekend for them. “But I really feel that this should be a better weekend for us than the last.”
Paddy Lowe has recently been revealed as Mercedes new executive director (technical) and Hamilton also commented on the news. “He’s a great asset to the team,” he said ahead of Lowe’s first day at work on June 3rd.
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