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The big question is whether it can stay there. Ferrari were playing down their performance expectations before arriving in Baku, and while Leclerc was positively surprised by the competitiveness on Friday he insisted it was too early to get excited.
Then he took pole, but still says Red Bull and Mercedes are faster – and he might be right on race pace – but then Ferrari were struggling with tyres in FP2 and are likely to have improved the situation by lights out.
The great thing is we really don’t know if Leclerc is going to be a bit of a roadblock or if he could run away into the distance.
I think there was no one single person to blame. I was very much part of the decision-making process, and after going back and having a look, and analysing things, there are things that I could have said that would have set a domino effect on.
“So we know that we could have done better and one race doesn’t define us. Of course you always try and do better in the future. As I said, we win and we lose as a team so we will push forwards and hope for better.”
Hamilton now prepares to race at a Baku track where Mercedes have won three of the four Grands Prix since 2016. And after their struggles at Monaco – with both Ferrari and Red Bull outpacing the team across the weekend – Hamilton said he expected the Silver Arrows to be back on song in Baku.
“It’s a slightly different circuit with different requirements,” said Hamilton. “And obviously the temperature difference is a bit different here this weekend. So I think a different set of challenges probably this weekend. I don’t think necessarily [our performance will be] the same as we saw in the last [race].”