Valtteri Bottas has said it has been a "tricky weekend" for Mercedes so far as Ferrari have quite simply had the "upper hand" in Monaco.
Bottas was just 0.002 seconds away from a P2 starting spot for Sunday's race, but it took the Mercedes W08 a long time to get competitive with the two Ferraris.
"I think this weekend has been a bit tricky for us," said Bottas in the paddock.
"We started well in practice one, but got a little bit lost with the set-up in practice two, so we definitely lost some valuable practice time.
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"We got things more or less together in practice three, and in qualifying the car was feeling the best it has so far this weekend.
"But it was still a bit tricky in places and quite difficult to get a lap together. I think Lewis also struggled with that and had some traffic in Q2.
"It's not been an easy weekend. I think Ferrari in general has had the upper hand. Their car is a bit more driveable, they were quicker today, and well done to Kimi for the pole."
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