“I Told You!” – Lewis Hamilton Rages on Team Radio After Mercedes F1 Strategy Error

Published 10/10/2021, 9:59 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 7, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sedat Suna


For wet races, the Turkish GP might not have been the most interesting one. However, the race at the front of the grid was nothing short of gripping. As Valtteri Bottas lead the race, the Mercedes-Red Bull-Ferrari mix brought all the action. As the race came to its final moments, strategy and pit stops were critical. Lewis Hamilton, close to a podium finish, wanted to stay out on the inters he started with, but Mercedes had other plans.

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Mercedes had a priority – no DNFs. In an attempt to prevent a tire failure on the machine, the team called in Hamilton multiple times to switch to fresh intermediate tires. However, the driver believed staying out and pushing through would be the better call. Soon, Mercedes called in their driver on the 51st lap.

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While Mercedes had a flawless strategy in Russia, the tables turned on them in Turkey. The pitstop pushed Leclerc to third, but by the time Hamilton had his tires warmed up for attack, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez had solidified his place on the podium. The Mercedes call left Hamilton battling with Pierre Gasly‘s AlphaTauri for P5.

When Hamilton asked his team for his position, later on, the Brit was far from pleased with the answer on the other end. “We shouldn’t have come in man, I told you!”

For a driver who has been calm throughout the season, the vexed radio only reflected his frustrations.

Lewis Hamilton disappointed with Mercedes strategy

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The pitstop was a long time coming for Lewis; however, on the team’s part, the timing was off. Hamilton gave in to the team’s commands after realizing he lost places to Perez and Leclerc. However, coming out of the pit lane behind Gasly cost him what could have been a better position,; especially when every point in the championship counts.

Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Intercity Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – October 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Umit Bektas

Now having fallen six points behind Verstappen, who finished second, Hamilton will not be the jovial person he is after a race. The rollercoaster of a race saw Hamilton cross the checkered flag in fifth, behind the two Red Bulls and Charles Leclerc.

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The championship has shifted hands once again. Now as the teams head to America, Mercedes will have to ensure that they minimize the silly errors on their part. Otherwise, they will simply hand over the championship to Verstappen and Red Bull.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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