Is the boom going wrong at Mercedes-Benz? Lewis Hamilton was upset about different views on racing tactics after the Turkish Grand Prix. Now Hamilton makes it clear what he thinks.
Not for the first time, Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has questioned the tactical approach of the Mercedes strategists in a race. Immediately after the Turkish Grand Prix, the 100-time GP winner was firmly convinced that he could have driven through without stopping and thus achieved third place behind Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen.
But the experts at the Mercedes command post did not agree. Chief strategist James Vowles, the chief engineer Andrew Shovlin and also team principal Toto Wolff believed – the heavily used intermediate tires had deteriorated so badly at the end of the Grand Prix that Hamilton would have dropped even further than the fifth place he had on the Istanbul race track Park has reached.
Also in English newspapers on Monday at least one hinted: The house blessing was crooked on the brand with the star. Lewis Hamilton is now commenting on this on his social platforms.
Lewis writes: “I’ve read some newspapers and think – too much is being made of the question of when we should have made our pit stop. It’s not true that I’m angry with my team.”
“As a team, we always work hard to come up with the best racing strategy. But when a Grand Prix is underway, decisions often have to be made in fractions of a second, based on factors that can constantly change.”
“On Sunday we took the risk of staying longer than some of our opponents – in the hope that the track might dry up. But that didn’t happen. ”
“I wanted to try to go through to the end. It was my decision to stay outside for so long and it didn’t work. So in the end we installed fresh intermediates, and that was the safest decision. ”
“We learn something new every time. We win and lose as a team. Don’t expect me to be polite and calm on the radio every time I drive a race. We are all full of passion, and in the heat of the moment, this passion can bubble over, just like with other drivers.”
“I am on the track with body and soul, this powerful inner fire has brought me so far in my career. But all worries vanish very quickly when we sit down and talk calmly about what has happened. We are already thinking about the upcoming race. This Grand Prix turned out to be one of those days that make us stronger as a team. We are constantly growing.”