Lewis Hamilton is hoping rain will hit the Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday and provide a change in fortunes after a frustrating qualifying session.
The seven-time world champion was struggling to match George Russell on Friday but appeared to take a step forward to compete with his teammate in qualifying heading into Q3. Russell went first on his final run and set the sixth fastest time while Hamilton was on his final lap when the red flag came out for Sergio Perez’s crash, limiting him to eighth place.
“It’s very hard to overtake here,” Hamilton said. “I’m hoping that the weather plays up and creates opportunity and maybe people do different strategies, and it would be nice to have some luck for once.
“I’ve been having [bad luck] all year. At some stage it’s bound to stop.”
Mercedes looked far more competitive in Barcelona than it has been in Monaco so far, but Hamilton says he’s not surprised by the lack of pace relative to Ferrari and Red Bull given how the team fared in the slower speed sections last weekend.
“No, we weren’t very good in low speed in the last race anyway. In the race it was OK but single lap… So I anticipated it would be difficult here. I think it’s worse than we anticipated because of the bumps. Its super bouncy. Challenging.”
Despite facing a potentially difficult Sunday with overtaking at a premium without rain, Hamilton says he doesn’t want to see Monaco drop off the calendar amid talks regarding the race’s future.
“I’d be sad to lose this one. It think it’s an epic weekend; an iconic race. The actual race itself — I’ve always said — I’ve been honest with it. It’s not the most exciting of races because you can’t overtake but I feel, as a spectacle, it’s one of the best of the year.
“I do think it would be cool if I could do some changes for Sunday. I don’t know what they could do. We could definitely make this weekend even more exciting than it is.”