• IN WORDS: Monaco a Weekend of Damage Limitation - Toto

Toto talks us through a challenging few days around the iconic streets of Monte Carlo...

'Some days are difficult'

The team went into the weekend knowing Monaco would likely be a tougher race than most on the calendar, with the twisty street circuit not expected to suit the W09.

Lewis crossed the line in third place to pick up his sixth Monaco podium with Valtteri in fifth, a result good enough to see the team and Lewis retain the lead in the Constructors' and Drivers' Championships.

"As much as we like to win races you need to be also conscious enough that there are days where it is more difficult," explained Toto.

"It was a tough and frustrating afternoon for Lewis and Valtteri. Third and fifth is damage limitation - I would have probably taken that before the weekend.

"We can be pleased to leave Monaco in the lead of both Championships. But, we always want to aim higher.

"Now we will regroup and aim to return to winning form in Canada."

'This is Monaco'

Monaco wasn't the most exciting race to watch, but Toto admits this is simply something that happens sometimes in F1.

"This is Monaco," he said. "It's rare that there is no Safety Car or no major incident and it's happened this year.

"There are good football games and bad football games. This was one of the more calm ones.

"If you look at Baku, how the circuit is being laid out with the long straight, it provides spectacular racing.

"Monaco in the past has provided spectacular racing because of how close you can race here, the climate changing, Safety Cars...

"We must not swing between depression and exuberance. This time it's the depression again but, at the next weekend, we might have a good race and everybody is falling into mania of how great the racing is. There are just days like this."