Lewis Hamilton has insisted that the “war is not over” in his battle with Sebastian Vettel for the Drivers’ Championship.

Vettel’s victory in the Monaco GP means he is now 25 points ahead of Hamilton in the championship race. Hamilton had a disappointing weekend in Monte Carlo after he was knocked out of qualifying in Q2 and started 13th on the grid. During the race he was complaining that he car was “all over the place”.

However, Hamilton insists that he can still win this year’s championship despite his team boss, Toto Wolff, saying that Mercedes are now the “underdogs” against Ferrari.

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Speaking after last weekend’s race Hamilton said, “We can take it on the chin and move forward. The car was still a real handful and not where it should be. A lot of analysis will go into it over the next two weeks.”

Wolff also said that the team had to “get on top of things” as the “car was not quick enough this weekend. We were caught off guard on Thursday afternoon and could never recover”.

He said that the team has a lot to understand about what happened with the tires but that ultimately he thinks that they have “a very quick car capable of winning races and championships but she is a difficult lady.”

Later in the week Wolff added that the team needs to understand why the car has problems with tires and said that they need to be like Ferrari who are “able to put their car on the floor and it goes from the beginning until the end.”

In general, commentators are saying that Mercedes has to get a grip on its car and produce consistent performances if they are to have any chance of winning either of this year’s titles.