Lewis Hamilton has denied being furious with his Mercedes team for a poorly timed pit stop, which resulted in him finishing fifth at the Turkish Grand Prix.
The Briton was asked to get into the pit lane on lap 42 of Sunday’s race, but he refused because he disagreed with Mercedes’ belief that they needed a new intermediate.
Hamilton, who had managed to move from 11th to third in the grid, eventually pitted on lap 50, but dropped two places to fifth with only eight laps to spare, allowing Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to top him. racked up. in the F1 rankings.
Lewis Hamilton denies being angry with his Mercedes team at the Turkish Grand Prix
Hamilton came in for the pit stop with eight laps to go and dropped two places on the grid to be fifth
Coming out of the pit lane, Hamilton swore on the radio to his Mercedes team, saying: ‘F***, man, why did you leave that place?’. The seven-time Formula One champion also told his pit wall to ‘leave me alone’ at the end of the race.
Hamilton revealed in a statement on Monday that he was not angry with Mercedes
But Hamilton revealed in a social media post on Monday morning that he was not angry at his team, despite the slurs he hurled at them.
‘Good morning world,’ the post began. I’ve seen some press this morning that has raised the issue a little too much in yesterday’s race as to when to pit. It is not fair to say that I am angry with my team.
‘As a team we work hard to have the best strategy but as the race progresses you have to make divided decisions, many factors keep changing.
‘(On Sunday) we risked staying outside hoping it would dry up, it didn’t. I wanted to risk it to try and go to the end but it was my call to stay out and it didn’t work out. In the end we did the pit and it was the safest thing to do.
‘We live and learn. We win and lose as a team. Never expect me to be polite and calm on the radio when I’m racing, we are all passionate and passion can come out in the heat of the moment, as is the case for all drivers.
‘My heart and soul are on the track there, it’s the fire within me that’s got me here, but any anger is quickly forgotten and we talked it through, already looking forward to the next race Had been.
‘Today is another day to get up and be as a team. Still we get up.
Hamilton swore to his team on team radio and told his pit wall to ‘leave me alone’ after the race
Hamilton received a call on Mercedes radio to come on lap 42 for the first time because his team believed a new intermediate was needed to finish the race.
‘Box. Race engineer Peter Bonnington cried over the ‘Box’ radio, and when Hamilton asked why, the response he received was: ‘New Inters are the way to go.’
‘I don’t think it’s the man,’ Hamilton said. ‘Looks like we should hang out, man.’
Bonington replied: ‘We’ll be on another lap to give us a little more time to think.’
Hamilton eventually came back eight laps later and sat in third, though trailing further behind second-placed Verstappen.
Mercedes Mann’s fifth-place finish means he is behind Max Verstappen in the race for the F1 title
The Mercedes driver came out of the pit lane in fifth when Sergio Pérez and Charles Leclerc overtook him, with sixth-placed Pierre Gasly building a time of 20 seconds on Hamilton and was on his tail.
Hamilton cried: ‘F*** man, why did you leave that place?’
Bonington replied: ‘It looked like we would lose the position anyway.’
Hamilton, his anger rising, said: ‘What position am I in, man?’
‘We shouldn’t have come in, man,’ Hamilton roared on the radio. ‘We’ve got a massive amount of grain (on the new tyres). I told you!’
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff claimed that Hamilton (middle) was defeated on lap 42. but should have come out
Bonington said: ‘Copy, Lewis, we were losing time to Perez but we’ll talk about that later.’
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff admitted that Hamilton should have arrived sooner and needed a pit stop as he would have been left behind sixth-placed Gasly without it.
Asked why Mercedes asked Hamilton to pit on lap 42, Wolff told Sky Sports: ‘We thought we could finish third without stopping or, if a dry line emerges,’ Probably going to a soft tire.
‘Then we saw Leclerc falling and Lewis falling and it was clear that we would not make it to the end.’
Wolff admits Mercedes and Hamilton would have been better off coming out earlier
Asked whether Hamilton should have been asked to come, Wolff said: ‘Which would be better than what we ended up with. But it was measured and in the car he didn’t see how much he was falling. It was clear that he would have lost to Gasly if he had stayed out.
‘The right call would probably be making it too conservative and pitting when everyone is standing for the intersections, coming behind Perez and Leclerc and fighting with them for P4. It was probably correct, but it is only backwards.’
Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix result, in which Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finished first, means Hamilton is now six points behind Verstappen at the top of the F1 overall standings.
Hamilton and Verstappen will resume their rivalry in a fortnight’s time when they travel to Austin for the United States Grand Prix, with four more meetings in Mexico, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.