Lewis Hamilton has been spotted spying on Ferrari’s car after being told he cannot trust his Mercedes. The seven-time champion was spotted looking at Charles Leclerc’s car moments after the Monegasque secured pole.



Moments later, Sky Sports host Naomi Schiff suggested the Mercedes star was “unable to trust” his Silver Arrows package with the duo looking uncomfortable. She said: “You could see Lewis and George, they were really fighting the car.”



Hamilton struggled in qualifying with the seven-time champion coming close to being knocked out in Q2. He survived by just 0.004s before putting together a better lap in the final shootout to qualify P5.

After the session, Hamilton remained optimistic but stressed the squad had a “huge deficit” to the frontrunners. He told Sky Sports F1: “We’re trying as hard as we can, giving it absolutely everything out there.



“Timing and getting into the rhythm and really; pulling out everything is not easy on this track. In Q2 I struggled. I had more pace but I just didn’t get that last lap.

My Q3 run was a really sweet lap. Unfortunately I just matched it at the end but I just needed a little bit more time to nip a Ferrari.



“We can’t do any changes to the car. It’s just the pace that we have. I might be able to eke a little bit more out tomorrow. But this is definitely a good position to start from on Sunday.

This is not the position we want as a team. We exist to win but everyone has that winning mindset and everyone is working as hard as they can.”



Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff confirmed the team had new upgrades in the pipeline but would not be introduced until the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola.

Hamilton praised Mercedes engineers for working on the new parts and predicted the changes could elevate the team up the order sooner rather than later.

He added: “We haven’t had an upgrade this weekend but we are working towards one that will hopefully put us closer to the battle ahead.

“I knew the Red Bull’s would be particularly quick. I didn’t realise we would have such a huge deficit on the straight. It’s a good indicator. We are slower on the straights and slower in the middle sector so we’ve got a lot of work to do to rectify that.

“It’s not the easiest one to drive but I’m happy to be on the third row and I think hopefully tomorrow we can have a bit of a better battle.”


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