Hamilton: I was on target

By on Saturday, May 24, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton says he was on target to beat Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg during the final moments of qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Rosberg set the quickest time on his first run but made a mistake at Mirabeau which brought out the yellow flags.

That meant that the German's rivals were unable to improve on their time.

"Yeah, it is ironic," Hamilton said of Rosberg's error. "But it's OK. I was up a couple tenths so it's OK."

"Generally the lap wasn't too bad. Nico's been quick all weekend. And just working away at it, one step at a time. I remember starting the last lap and said ‘this is it, this is going to be the lap'. I was two and a half tenths up and didn't get to finish it."

Rosberg denied that he deliberately ran wide.

"I just locked up, the outside front, I think it was, or the inside, I'm not sure, and that put me off line," he said.

"I was still trying to make it but in the last moment I had to turn out because I was going to hit the tyre wall. It was close but I managed to go into the escape road."

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