Local

Lewis Hamilton slams Mercedes ‘f*** up’ as pit stop strategy kills Brit’s chances

Angry Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes “kidded” me in a rude swearword about his own team after their pit stop strategy ended the seven-time world champion’s chances of Dutch GP victory

  • Lewis Hamilton exploded over the team radio after Mercedes’ pit stop strategy
  • The Brit fought for his first win of the year at the Dutch Grand Prix
  • But home favorite Max Verstappen won the race as Hamilton dropped to fourth place
  • Charles Leclerc and George Russell also overtook the 37-year-old late
  • Hamilton later apologized to his Mercedes team for losing his cool over the radio

Lewis Hamilton erupted in an angry tirade over team radio after Mercedes’ pit stop strategy ended the Brit’s chances of a first race win of the season.

The seven-time world champion showed impressive pace during Sunday’s Dutch Grand Prix and later took the opportunity to cross the checkered flag first, ahead of arch-rival and home favorite Max Verstappen.

With Mercedes opting for a one-stop strategy, Hamilton was leading the race when a safety car was deployed on lap 55 – as the reigning Red Bull champion and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc pitted to stop the to change tires.

Lewis Hamilton was furious after Mercedes' pit stop strategy wiped out his chances of a race win

Lewis Hamilton was furious after Mercedes’ pit stop strategy wiped out his chances of a race win

Home favorite Max Verstappen passed the 37-year-old late to win the Dutch Grand Prix

Home favorite Max Verstappen passed the 37-year-old late to win the Dutch Grand Prix

Despite Hamilton being told to stay outside to maintain track position, Mercedes called teammate George Russell after the 24-year-old insisted he was losing temperature on the middle tyres.

At the restart on Lap 61, Verstappen was just behind Hamilton on fresher tires and easily passed the Mercedes driver to retake the lead.

To add salt to Hamilton’s wounds, Leclerc and Russell also managed to pass him late to push the 37-year-old back to fourth before the checkered flag.

“That was the worst shit,” Hamilton yelled over the Mercedes team radio.

“I can’t believe you guys screwed me. I can’t tell you how p***ed I am.’

After the checkered flag fell, Hamilton’s race engineer Peter Bonnington said: “Sorry Lewis.

“It looked good but we will sit down and review the decisions made.”

Mercedes' one-stop strategy also helped his teammate George Russell overtake Hamilton

Mercedes’ one-stop strategy also helped his teammate George Russell overtake Hamilton

Toto Wolff added his vote to the list of apologies. “Lewis, I’m sorry it didn’t work out,” said the Mercedes team boss.

“We took a risk. Let’s discuss this in the office.”

Hamilton came over the radio just to express his gratitude to his mechanics, making no mention of his team’s strategy department, which is headed by James Vowles.

“To all the mechanics, fantastic work today,” he said.

“These were the best pit stops of the season so thank you for the continued effort. Let’s keep pushing. We still scored points today.’

An hour after the checkered flag fell, Hamilton declared his radio rage.

He later apologized to his team for losing it over the radio and admitted he was at

He later apologized to his team for losing it over the radio and admitted he was at “breaking point”.

“I don’t want to apologize for my passion because I’m just made that way and I don’t always get it right,” he said.

“I feel sorry for my team for what I said because it was done in the heat of the moment.

“Of course I’m disappointed. It’s been such a roller coaster ride this year. I went up to second place, caught them (Verstappen) and thought: “Wow, we could fight for a win here and maybe a one-two.”

“And then the safety car came and there were damn emotions everywhere. I knew in that moment that I lost it because everyone was on the soft tire and there was no way I was going to keep them behind me.

advertisement

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/formulaone/article-11178871/Lewis-Hamilton-slams-Mercedes-f-pit-stop-strategy-blows-Brits-chances.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Lewis Hamilton slams Mercedes ‘f*** up’ as pit stop strategy kills Brit’s chances

Andrew Kugle

WSTPost is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@wstpost.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button