Ferrari has chosen its number one driver - Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has said he is determined to solve the problems that have stymied his bid for a fourth Formula One world championship after a hard weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Mercedes' overall lack of speed in Monaco was highlighted by Valtteri Bottas's failure to make the podium, despite starting third on the grid in front of two Red Bulls, with the Finn eventually coming home fourth as he was unable to find an answer to Daniel Ricciardo's mid-race pace.

"But from there Ferrari reverted to extreme pragmatism, bringing Raikkonen into the pits first and giving Vettel all the space and time he needed to vault into the lead and sustain his quest for a fifth world title".

The Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team racer had been eliminated in Q2 on Saturday and was hopeful that he could break into the points, with his strategy team suggesting tenth was possible, but he bettered that by three positions, and left Monaco by scoring six points.

"They're going to be pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will get the maximum on all of his weekends".

Vettel denied his Ferrari team had pre-conceived a plot in order to ensure he would win and maximise the damage to Hamilton in the title race.

Hamilton had a forgettable weekend in Monaco.

"The Finn tends to display roughly the same emotional spectrum as a block of ice but his expression on the podium was a diagram of rage as some crafty Ferrari tactics propelled Sebastian Vettel to the team's first Monaco Grand Prix win for 16 years", Brown said.

"We're going to have a very fun night", he said. "Maybe things went on that we don't know about".

Only Michael Schumacher has more than the Briton's five wins in Montreal and Hamilton is eager to add to his tally.

"We have definitely got to improve our understanding of the vehicle and see if we can do a better job", said Hamilton, who is due at Mercedes' Northamptonshire factory on Thursday.

Hamilton has won twice in Monaco, including last year's race, and Mercedes had won the last four races in the Mediterranean principality.

"It didn't work out very well for me, but apart from that, it doesn't matter, does it. that's as much as I can say about it right now".

After the race, Vettel while talking to Sky Sports said, "Unbelievable - it was such an intense race".

"We've definitely got to improve in understanding the vehicle and do a better job. I was sad yesterday, I was devastated but to come away with some points is better than nothing", Hamilton said.

"There might be some things along the way positioning-wise which, at some stage, become valuable". "That is why I just had to let my guys know we are not going to give up". And on the opposite side, Ferrari put the auto on the track in Barcelona and were quick from the get go, so yes, we are the underdog, yes we need to catch up.

"So yes, we are the underdog and we need to catch up". "This is the new reality".

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