Lewis Hamilton has described how Mercedes will regroup after one of their rare “crappy days” at the Monaco Grand Prix.
A weekend that threatened disappointment for the consecutive seven-time World Champions after qualifying duly materialised on Sunday as Hamilton could finish only seventh, while Valtteri Bottas had to retire as the result of a botched pit-stop.
Hamilton expressed frustration at his strategy over the team radio, which had failed to get him ahead of Pierre Gasly as intended while also dropping him behind Sergio Perez and Sebastian Vettel.
There was embarrassment too for Mercedes from the sight of their mechanics trying desperately to remove Bottas’ stuck front right wheel, their efforts proving in vain as it could not even be shifted until the car was transported back to the factory.
However, the Brackley-based team are renowned for their ability to recover from setbacks and Hamilton is only too happy to play a full part in the processes he hopes will put them back on track for success at the next race in Azerbaijan.
“There’s a lot we could have done better in terms of how we prepared going into the weekend,” Hamilton said, quoted by Motorsport.com, after both he and the team lost their leads to Max Verstappen and Red Bull respectively in the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships.
“We had some good conversations through the weekend. But it’s not good enough from all of us. We win and we lose as a team, and it’s collectively not a good job from all of us, across the board.
“We don’t take it lightly. But there’s no point getting all depressed. We’ve got to start looking at the data and figuring out why we’re in this position.
“I’ll be on calls over these next days once we get some analysis. Naturally, we all want answers within the team, so I know everyone will be working flat out to make sure hopefully this kind of weekend doesn’t happen again.
“We’ve shown time and time again in the past that we can bounce back from these weekends, hence why I’m not the most stressed.”
Hamilton reiterated the “no-blame culture” that pervades through Mercedes, which enables them to move on quickly when things have gone wrong.
“We have a very open discussion, open and honest, and it’s not a personal thing,” he explained.
“We all take everything on board and it’s constructive discussions and if there’s any constructive criticism we take it on board and huddle up, do the work, we get on a call.
“There won’t be silence between now and the next race. We will have a great couple of meetings, just so we are clear on what happened and where we went and what things we might want to learn from.
“The reason we have all the championships we have is because we make plenty of mistakes but we always come back stronger and we learn from them.
“So I’m often grateful for crappy days like this because it’s the days when we learn the most. If you are just winning all the time, you learn less.
“There’s a lot to take from the weekend and we don’t have all the answers, but it will force us to have to go and search for them.”