Hamilton fumes at team on radio after defeat · RaceFans

Lewis Hamilton lambasted his Mercedes team on the radio after their strategic call which swung the outcome of the Dutch Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver spent the race in the hunt for victory against Max Verstappen. However the team’s decision not to pit him during a late Safety Car period saw him fall to fourth place at the flag.

Hamilton became the race leader when Verstappen pitted and changed from hard tyres to softs. The Mercedes driver continued on his medium tyres.

Later in the Safety Car period, Hamilton’s team mate George Russell pitted to switch from medium tyres to softs. That relinquished second place to Verstappen.

When the race restarted, Verstappen immediately passed Hamilton to take the lead. Hamilton fell to fourth place by the end of the race, being passed by both Russell and Charles Leclerc, who also switched to soft tyres.

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff came on the radio after the race and apologised to Hamilton, while reminding him the team had gone into the race willing to take risks in pursuit of their first win of the year.

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Hamilton’s radio messages after Safety Car

Hamilton restarted the race in the lead on a set of medium compound tyres, with Verstappen, Russell and Leclerc behind him on soft tyres.

Speaker Message
Bonnington So when the lights go out it’ll be strat mode five and you can use early overtake push. Push and hold available at your discretion.
Bonnington Safety Car at turn 12.
Bonnington Safety Car apex 13.
Bonnington Safety Car apex 14.
Bonnington In the pit lane.
Bonnington Strat five.

Verstappen passed Hamilton before the first corner after the restart.

Bonnington Verstappen passes Hamilton So you’ve got George 0.6 behind.
Bonnington And you have at least three or four laps of early push overtake if you need it.
Hamilton I can’t believed you guys fucking screwed me, man. I can’t tell you how pissed I am right now.
Bonnington Copy Lewis. We’ll chat afterwards. DRS has been enabled.
Hamilton Yeah I know I can’t close in.
Bonnington Leclerc 0.7. Remember that early overtake push.
Hamilton Gap behind?
Bonnington Sainz at 1.3
Hamilton Is everyone on soft tyres?
Bonnington Just those around us. We’ve got Sainz doing 15.0, he’s under pressure from Perez, he’s on the medium.

After the race Hamilton made a point of thanking his mechanics for their quick pits stops during the race, but made no mention of the others.

Hamilton How many laps left?
Bonnington It’ll be five when you cross the line.
Bonnington Gap to Sainz at 2.2.
Bonnington Sainz behind 15.6
Bonnington Leclerc ahead doing 14.5
Bonnington So one more lap. Go strat mode five to the end.
Bonnington Sorry about that Lewis. it was looking good. We’ll sit down and review the decision we made there.
Wolff Yeah Lewis sorry it didn’t work out. We took a risk, it didn’twork out, but let’s discuss between us in the office.
Bonnington Lewis if you go HPP one position 14 please.
Hamilton To all the mechanics, fantastic job today, that’s the best pit stops we’ve had all year so thank you for your continued efforts. Let’s keep pushing. We still got points today.
Bonnington Thanks Lewis, appreciate the message.

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