Long-time Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle holds his finger where it hurts: “Lewis Hamilton has disregarded instructions from the team a few times, but this time he screwed it up.”
Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton scolded the radio in the Turkish GP because he was convinced of it – he knows better than the Mercedes strategists, he should have stayed on the track, then 3rd place would have been possible. Immediately after the Grand Prix he said: “I should have followed my gut instinct, and that tells me: stay outside.”
Instead, a late tire change and only 5th place. In the meantime, things have smoothed out a bit, and Hamilton has admitted – staying outside longer, that was arbitrary and wrong.
Hamilton’s compatriot Martin Brundle, who has been involved in Formula 1 at 158 world championship races, states as an expert for the British Sky: “Lewis Hamilton has disregarded the team’s instructions a few times, but this time he screwed it up.”
«Basically, Mercedes just had to do the same thing as Red Bull Racing’s arch-rivals. Lewis threw the team off balance and in the end the late stop didn’t do much good. So that we understand each other correctly – Hamilton is often right with his gut feeling, the best example is Turkey a year ago, when he followed his instinct and secured his seventh title with a terrific victory. But you have to respect your own team, and when such a well-informed team asks to change tires, they do it for good reason.”
Martin Brundle does not join the choir of those critics who believe that Mercedes acted too cautiously. Because Esteban Ocon in the Alpine has proven that you can drive through very well. Because sports car world champion Brundle points out: “In the end, the Ocon tires were worn down to the lower fabric. When I look at these tires, I can hardly believe that Hamilton would have crossed the finish line like this.”
What’s next in the world championship fight Verstappen against Hamilton? The 62-year-old Brundle says: “The result in Turkey is not the end of the world for Lewis. Rather, Red Bull Racing should worry about how fast Mercedes has been in Turkey. Bottas drove fabulous and in such form will be of great help to Lewis.”