Struggling Hamilton pleased with front row start

By on Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he is happy to have qualified on the front row for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton will line up behind team mate Nico Rosberg but admits that he has been struggling with his Mercedes W04 throughout the weekend.

"I’ve been struggling all weekend as you can see, my pace was sucking all weekend and just struggling with the car if I’m honest," he said.

"It’s the first time I’ve ever had that experience here in Monaco, since 2005, every year, I was on it and didn’t have any problems with confidence or anything like that - but this weekend has been difficult. So I’m really happy to be here, be able to lock-out, obviously, the front row for the team and just massive improvement for me, considering all the sessions in qualifying - so I’m still chuffed."

Hamilton admits he has been struggling all season.

"I've been struggling all year. Considering it is a new car I've done pretty well, but I definitely seem to have been struggling as we've got into the season," he said.

"Winter testing wasn't too bad and when we changed something in China it felt good and I got pole, so the confidence came. But that is the only race I've had that confidence, I don't know why."

"It is really just the uncertainty of what the brakes are going to do. I think I solved it later in qualifying so let's hope for a good race tomorrow."

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