Lewis Hamilton says a win in the Monaco GP is “out of reach”

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Lewis Hamilton says “it’s almost impossible to overtake” at the Monaco Grand Prix, so after qualifying seventh, he thinks a win is “out of reach”.

Lewis Hamilton has struggled with the balance of his car throughout Saturday and ultimately qualified in P7. Unfortunately he says this means there is almost no chance to take the win in the race tomorrow.

“It’s almost impossible to overtake,” the Briton told Sky Sports F1.

“Almost impossible where we are is pretty much the case, when everyone’s in the same speed.

“So, qualifying is Saturday and, you know, Saturday is the day so that really does put, for sure, the win out of reach.

“But I guess the minimum will be hopefully seventh and then we’ve got to try to figure out how to go forwards.”

Hamilton says him and the team had made changes to the car since Thursday’s free practice sessions, which obviously made the car more difficult to drive.

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“It didn’t feel too bad on Thursday, and we made some changes and it was pretty terrible today so we’ve got to go back to the drawing board.

“I think from my point, I just had such a lack of grip which then leads you to try to kind of overdrive and start pushing to get more from it, but it just doesn’t improve. So yeah, difficult one.

“Obviously, Valtteri was able to get something out of it, but I think we we’ve definitely had some problems today.”

Lewis’ last lap was cut short due to polesitter Charles Leclerc crashing in the last seconds of Q3, but Hamilton says he wouldn’t have improved his time anyway.

“No, that was a disaster for me, I was going to come in anyway,” Lewis told Ziggo Sport.

“Tomorrow afternoon, it’s a long, long day. Not the most exciting, potentially, but I’m hoping to try and see if we can move forwards.”

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