Lewis Hamilton struggled to conceal his frustration after finishing only fifth in Monaco, thus losing ground to his main title rivals.
Hamilton lost places to Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel in the pit stop sequence as McLaren’s strategy failed to pay off.
“It wasn’t the best result, but this is motor racing,” said Hamilton. “I really dislike going backwards, but nonetheless we still came away with some points, and there’s many, many more races ahead of us. We just have to keep our heads up and keep pushing.”
Hamilton’s day was spoiled by a bad start, but he still managed to hang onto his third place initially – although he had obviously hoped to get up to second.
“My start was one of the worst starts I had in a long time. I just don’t understand why it happened when the two guys next to me and the guys behind me got perfect starts. I was very, very fortunate not to get caught up in a crash. It’s quite an easy thing we do thousands and thousands of starts throughout the year, so it should not be a problem.
“Then after that, I don’t know how long my pit stop was, but I lost a lot of time. I wasn’t able to keep up with Alonso and then Sebastian got me in his pit stop. And then it’s impossible to overtake.”
Not for the first time this year, Hamilton couldn’t get the best out of the tyres.
“We were struggling a lot today, particularly in the low-speed corners, looking after the rear tyres there was so tough, and to make them last as long as we did, whilst trying to keep the pace of the guys in front, was one of the trickiest races I’ve had. And at this place just staying focussed is always a great challenge.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do, because we are falling behind, race by race we are getting further and further behind the others, who are picking up serious pace. If we’re not lucky it will fall away from us too quick.”