Mercedes F1 racer Lewis Hamilton has questioned the strategy of his team during the Miami Grand Prix. Hamilton expressed how he feels that the team had put him in a precarious position as they asked him to make a key decision after Lando Norris’s collision with Pierre Gasly on lap 41. Mercedes were confused about whether to pit for soft tyres with an ensuing safety car.
Hamilton said, “In that scenario, I have no clue where everyone is so when the team say it’s your choice, I don’t have the information to make the decision. That’s what your job is, make the decision for me. You have all the details. I don’t! That’s what you rely on the guys for, but today they gave it to me and I didn’t understand it.”
“It was just a bit unfortunate on the safety car but at least we got points today. We are finishing and reliability is good. We just have to keep trying. I’m excited at some stage to take a step forward, which we haven’t yet,” he continued.
“Lewis was unbelievably unlucky,” Button
Hamilton’s former teammate Jensen Button gave his opinion on his performance. He said, “Lewis was unbelievably unlucky. He says he hasn’t been lucky with strategy. To be fair, everyone was on the same strategy as him except his teammate because he had a bad qualifying.”
Really tough for Lewis today and in that decision-making, it is really difficult. I think it is mixed feelings, to be honest, because based on where we were yesterday it is a good result,” he continued.
“If I pushed any further I was going to crash,” Russell
Lewis’ current teammate George Russell also talked about his race at Miami. Russell said, “But if you had told me after Friday we would finish P5 and P6 that far behind P1 I would have been disappointed so we have a fast race car in there we just don’t have the key to unlock the performance.”
“We don’t quite understand why that is so there is work to do. I felt like if I pushed any further I was going to crash because I was just bouncing through the corners and it wasn’t much nicer today but because of the slower speeds, the aero wasn’t working as hard so I could manage it but we don’t get it at the moment to be honest, I certainly don’t. It is frustrating but we will get there,” he added.