Hamilton: master of Monaco
The Briton underlined his status as champion in Monte Carlo
It seems extraordinary that we have had to wait until the end of May for Lewis Hamilton to win his first grand prix of the season, but the nature of his victory at Monaco should remind everybody just what a special talent the reigning world champion is.
He was lucky, of course, that Red Bull botched Daniel Ricciardo’s pit stop. Without that incident, it is unlikely that the Mercedes man would have had things go his way. But Hamilton has been on the rough end of some fortune already this season, so it was about time that things went his way.
It was the manner of his decision to run his wet tyres as far as he could and gamble that he would be in a position to switch straight to slicks that really deserved the credit. It was the sort of thing that his former Mclaren team-mate Jenson Button would have done – and Hamilton has clearly learned a thing or two from him.
What with Rosberg’s misfortune in Monte Carlo, the world championship is clearly not out of reach just yet. With more performances like Monaco, Hamilton could put himself right back in the frame. Matt James, Deputy Editor