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Formula One: Red Bull apologise to Daniel Ricciardo for pit-stop bungle

Kristopher Love | 05 June, 2016, 04:15

"I can't believe I have 44 wins", said the Briton, who toasted his first victory at Monaco in eight years with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber. Its not easy coming from one side of the garage to the world champions vehicle.

"I would imagine that is the same when you are given Fernando [Alonso] as a driver or Sebastian [Vettel], that's just how it is".

"That's just how it is". But they have been.

"They gave me a warning to try and up my pace, but I wasn't able to, so the next step was to let Lewis by". It's just that recently, things don't seem to be in his favor. He was painfully slow in the opening phase of the race, which started under the safety vehicle, and was ordered by Mercedes to let Hamilton past.

He was told to move out of Hamilton's way by his Mercedes team and eventually slipped to sixth in the order. A swing goes both ways and I am concious of that.

"The Monaco weekend was not great".

Hamilton feels there is still work to be done in the Mercedes team to iron out the glitches that marred his season before Monaco, along with his own mistakes.

Hamilton, aided by a bungled final pitstop by Red Bull, emerged ahead and then fended off Ricciardo as the Red Bull came back at him into the closing stages.

Despite his best efforts to pass Hamilton at a circuit where overtaking is virtually impossible, Ricciardo was forced to settle for the runners-up trophy. It was insane how long it was, to understand how much wheel spin you were allowed, because you don't know how long the tyres are going to go.

"He is part of the team so we all managed it in the right way".

"I'm kind of lost for words", said Hamilton. "It's the number I had when I first started racing".

"I'm not thinking about the championship". I've had a lot of help and hard work from so many people.

"The team were like "others are boxing, the intermediate looks quicker, box this lap" and I was like "no, it's drying real quick so if you box me now I'm going to be coming back in in 10-15 laps anyway and probably going to grain the tyres".

Don't miss this week's F1 Report for full analysis and reaction to the epic Monaco GP and Lewis Hamilton's return to winning ways.

"I don't really expect much from tomorrow", said Hamilton, whose only win in Monaco was in 2008 with McLaren. "But I didn't have to".

Hamilton added: "In terms of the championship swing there is such a long way to go. I am going to be having fun", he said.