How frustration got the better of Hamilton

How frustration got the better of Hamilton

Had the cards fallen differently, Lewis Hamilton could well have won the Monaco Grand Prix from pole position. They didn't, and the former world champion was a little too quick to let his frustration show, as Tony Dodgins explains.

It's a tough one, this. We complain that there aren't enough characters in sport, that the world has become too corporate and too politically correct, so I'm loathe to criticise racing drivers for speaking their mind. But Lewis Hamilton's post-Monaco comments to BBC's Lee McKenzie certainly caught the attention. Had I been Pastor Maldonado or Felipe Massa, I wouldn't have thought much of them…

You could understand Lewis's frustration. He's a racer, a competitor and in Monaco he knew he had a car capable of winning. Jenson Button proved as much. Fernando Alonso said later that the Ferrari didn't have the pace to take pole but if the grid had been representative, Hamilton and not Sebastian Vettel would have taken the top spot. Lewis's Q2 time had been a fraction quicker than the Red Bull, but we've all seen how fast the RB7 tends to be in Q3, so Alonso's opinion was open to debate. One thing for sure though is that Lewis would not have started ninth.

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