Mercedes try to solve Lewis Hamilton's vehicle problems which threaten title tilt

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain steers his auto during the Formula One Grand Prix at the Monaco racetrack in Monaco, Sunday, May 28, 2017.

Lewis Hamilton will sit down with his Mercedes team in the coming days as he attempts to get on top of the vehicle problems which are threatening to derail his challenge for a fourth title.

"It's hard for the leader here to be passed - unless the team decides to favour one auto", Lewis Hamilton, now 25 points behind Vettel after six races, said.

"I came in this morning feeling awful - I didn't get a lot of sleep last night - so to come away with the points I've come away with, I can happily take this and move forwards", said Hamilton. The Briton was never comfortable all weekend, and a combination of a lack of pace and crash-shortened Q2 qualifying session saw him start the race 13th.

"We have to work collectively as a team more than ever before to beat the Ferraris", Hamilton said.

"We were well beaten and so I think we are the underdog and we need to catch up", said Wolff as the tifosi celebrated with enthusiasm all around the Mediterranen principality.

"But I think that doesn't deter the fact that we have a great vehicle".

"It's very clear Ferrari have chosen their number one driver and are pushing everything to make sure Sebastian will maximise his points", Hamilton said after the race in Monte Carlo, as quoted by BBC Sport. There might be some things along the way positioning wise which, at some stage, become valuable, but - who knows? - it might go the other way and I might need to give Valtteri the upper hand.

It was also the 29-year-old German's second Monaco triumph, his third win this year and the 45th of his career.

"I did what I came to do today, didn't make any silly mistakes, didn't damage the auto, got those points and I'd like to think at the end of the season those points are going to be valuable".

"But from Mercedes" perspective, Monaco was perhaps the turning point of 2017.

Ricciardo achieved a similar result, jumping from fifth to third, which teammate Verstappen called "a f***ing disaster" on the team radio. The tyres started to slide in the first stint and the pack were catching up a bit but then I had a second attempt and had a couple of laps where the vehicle was really good. I was very happy with how the race went. "And this is the new reality at the moment".

"We have a team, we work as a team and if you start. if you don't believe what you've been told or how we work then it will get very complicated sometimes".

The Mercedes chief insists everyone is working towards making sure they finish above Ferrari come the end of the season but for now is enjoying the underdog tag.

  • Julie Sanders