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Hamilton reveals the cause of Russian and Monaco GP trouble

Lewis Hamilton reveals that “just a small nuances” in car set-up are the reason of his struggles in the Monaco and Russian Grands Prix, recently in this F1 season.

The Brit is preparing for winning ways, this weekend’s Canadian GP is the hunting track for Hamilton and he will look to bag a sixth career win on the island circuit on Sunday.

Triple-time world champion is playing catch-up in the 2017 title race as nearest challenger Vettel, who has finished first or second in every race so far this season, sits pretty at the top of the standings with a 25-point advantage.

“In Sochi, we had different car set-ups,” Hamilton told Autosport. “Initially it didn’t look like they were massively different, but just small nuances.

“For example, corner entry stability and balance, as opposed to mid-corner to exit, [the cars] were set-up differently.

“I had a very unstable car on the way into the corner, so the way I ended up having to drive the car was with more understeer mid-corner. It was lots of complicated things.

“Then there’s tyre temperature, and how you utilize the tyre temperature. There are small things that we are beginning to see.”

Hamilton clarified that variations in brake bias and mechanical balance on his car compared to Bottas’s exacerbated the problems in Monaco. And he also struggled with tyre temperature issue, especially with ultra-soft compound.

“Sometimes it’s to do with the brake bias,” Hamilton added. “The last race [Monaco] it was more to do with the brake balance and the mechanical balance – and because we [needed to] do multiple laps [to prepare the tyres].

“By the fourth lap the tyres were in a better place than they were in the first lap, but the Ferraris could do it first lap.

“We’re trying to understand how we can get the car to switch the tyres on quicker. But in Q2, had I finished that lap, I was only a tenth behind Valtteri, so I would’ve got into Q3.”

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