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Qualifying images from the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix

F1: Silver Arrows vow to bounce back after Monaco thriller

May 292017

Just like anyone who has lost out in Monte Carlo's famous casino, fortune can be fickle in the principality. Sadly, fate did not favour the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team on this occasion, but Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas have promised to bounce back next out in Canada.

Valtteri finished fourth after getting caught in traffic while Lewis did a solid job to go from 13th on the grid to finish seventh around the beautiful Monaco harbour. A victory for Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel adds yet more excitement into this year's drivers' championship, which is delicately poised between Vettel, Lewis and Valtteri.

Valtteri said: "Missing out on a first Monaco podium is painful. It's been a long week and we've worked so hard, so it's disappointing to miss out. I was stuck in the traffic while Daniel Ricciardo was running in free air and ultimately, that cost me a place on the podium.

"It's been a really tough weekend for us and we've just been missing pace. Ferrari were very strong this weekend and for whatever reason, their car seems easier to operate, so we have work to do. We have to learn from this, but there's a long year ahead. Hopefully this will be our worst weekend this season. Canada should be a different story."


For Lewis, the damage was done on Saturday when he struggled with the tires during qualifying. He started in 13th on the grid and fought his way back to seventh, picking up some points that could be crucial in deciding the outcome of this year's title race.


Lewis said: "I'm really happy that I was able to fight back to seventh. The strategists said P10 was probably the maximum, so it feels great to have beaten that target. To score six points, considering where I was on the grid after a disastrous day on Saturday is a good recovery."

At the chequered flag, Lewis took to his radio to deliver a message of encouragement to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team and immediately shifted his focus to the Canadian Grand Prix.

Lewis added: "It was impossible to overtake and I tried everything to get past Carlos [Sainz] at the end! I'm just grateful to have ended up in P7. I went on the radio at the end there to make sure the team know that this battle isn't over. We'll be sure to push those red cars hard next time out in Canada. We've got a real fight on our hands, but there are still 14 races to go."


The Canadian Grand Prix goes live in Montreal on the 11th June. Stay tuned.


1    Sebastian Vettel    Ferrari            78    1h44m44.340s
2    Kimi Raikkonen        Ferrari            78    3.145s
3    Daniel Ricciardo    Red Bull/Renault    78    3.745s
4    Valtteri Bottas        Mercedes        78    5.517s
5    Max Verstappen    Red Bull/Renault    78    6.199s
6    Carlos Sainz        Toro Rosso/Renault    78    12.038s
7    Lewis Hamilton    Mercedes        78    15.801s
8    Romain Grosjean    Haas/Ferrari        78    18.150s
9    Felipe Massa        Williams/Mercedes    78    19.445s
10    Kevin Magnussen    Haas/Ferrari        78    21.443s
11    Jolyon Palmer        Renault            78    22.737s
12    Esteban Ocon        Force India/Mercedes    78    23.725s
13    Sergio Perez        Force India/Mercedes    78    49.089s
14    Daniil Kvyat        Toro Rosso/Renault    71    Collision
15    Lance Stroll        Williams/Mercedes    71    Brakes
-    Stoffel Vandoorne    McLaren/Honda        66    Spun off
-    Marcus Ericsson    Sauber/Ferrari        63    Spun off
-    Jenson Button        McLaren/Honda        57    Collision
-    Pascal Wehrlein    Sauber/Ferrari        57    Collision
-    Nico Hulkenberg    Renault            15    Gearbox