Lewis Hamilton was Epic in Monaco

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After a bad start to the year because of car reliability problems, could Lewis Hamilton finally take his first win of the season? Read on to find out more.

Lewis Hamilton was Epic in Monaco

Lewis Hamilton dominated the practice sessions at Monaco last Thursday, and then on Saturday, whilst qualifying, in Q1 and Q2. Then unbelievably disaster struck once more, when his car lost power.. His mechanics ran out to fix it, and he went out with minutes to spare before the session ended, but he couldn't get the right temperature into his tyres to get the time he needed for pole position. Ricciardo got the pole, Rosberg was second, and Lewis had to settle for third.

Obviously he was very disappointed afterwards, but he vowed to do his best on Sunday. Monaco is notorious for being a track where overtaking is virtually impossible because of all the bends, so he knew it would not be easy to move up from third on the grid.

On Race Day

The forecast was for a mixture of rain and sunshine, and indeed it was raining at the start of the race, which made it necessary to start from behind the safety car. Ricciard pulled quickly away from the field, and it soon became clear that Lewis wanted to hunt him, but was being held up by his team mate Rosberg.

After about sixteen laps, the team ordered Rosberg to move over for Lewis to pass, which he did, and then the race became very exciting when Lewis set off in hot pursuit of him. Gradually Lewis was bringing the gap down now that he was free to race. Then came the pit stops, and Lewis made his choice to stay out on his tyres, and only to make one pit stop.

Disaster for Ricciardo

When Ricciardo went in for fresh tyres, his team were not ready for him, it cost him a lot of time, and as he emerged from his stop, Lewis sped past him. From then on the race was so exciting, as Ricciardo did everything he could to get past him, whilst Lewis employed every bit of driving skill that he had , to not only fend him off, even when Ricciardo's tyres were fresher, but also to keep his own car on the track, during not only very wet conditions, but also when parts of the track were dry. This went on for forty five laps, and Lewis managed to keep his cool, and not make any mistakes.

One of the attempts Ricciardo made to pass him failed when Lewis just managed to fend him off, but Ricciardo was, already feeling let down by his team and he, shook his fist at Lewis in anger.

When Lewis reached the chequered flag, with his first win of 2016, his joy and happiness, and that of his mechanics, was clear for everyone to see. In one race he had cut his deficit of points to Rosberg from forty three points to twenty four, and put himself back in contention for the drivers title once again.

Afterwards

Lewis thanked everyone afterwards for his win, and he paid tribute to Ricciardo's phenomenal driving. He also praised Perez, who came third, for a stellar performance. He also referred to Rosberg as a gentleman for letting him through. But unfortunately Ricciardo believed that he should have won the race, and nothing anyone said could console him. He spoke about his team " screwing him once again." as the previous week they had changed his strategy, allowing Verstappen to take his first victory.

I feel sorry for him, but I think he must toughen up and learn to take disappointment on the chin. It has happened a lot with Lewis, but he has never blamed his team. He always says, " We win and Lose together." If Ricciardo wants to do well in the future, he has to trust his team, and if he feels he cannot, them maybe he should think about changing it.

My thanks to Wikipedia for the images, and Youtube for the video

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Epic, Lewis Hamilton, Perez, Pole Position, Qualifying, Rain, Ricciardo, Rosberg, Tyres

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