“That’s What Your Job Is”: Lewis Hamilton at a Loss for Words for Chaotic Mercedes F1 Race Strategy at Miami GP

Published 05/08/2022, 6:55 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 22, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

The much-hyped Miami Grand Prix is finally over and it was none other than defending F1 champion Max Verstappen, who took the chequered flag. However, for Lewis, it was a bittersweet experience at the Crypto.com Miami F1 Grand Prix.

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The race in Florida saw Lewis Hamilton’s last season arch-rival finish ahead of Championship leader Charles Leclerc to take home his third win of the season. Hamilton finished in P6, the same place he started his race from the grid. Moreover, Lewis’s teammate George Russell finished ahead of him in P5, who started in P12.

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The Miami race saw the Silver Arrows boys play with their strategies. While Russell got the upper hand as he chose to wait for the Safety Car, the team did ask Lewis for the same. After the race, the 37-year-old opened up about this to Sky Sports F1.

Talking about this, the 2020 champion conveyed, “Honestly, I don’t know. In that scenario, I don’t know where everyone is. So when the team says it’s your choice, I don’t have the information to make a decision. So, that’s what your job is like make the decision because you have the details. I don’t, I just rely on the guys.”

What helped Russell to be ahead of Lewis Hamilton?

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The new recruit got the favor of a safety car brought out by McLaren’s Lando Norris and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly. Russell got his tires changed under the VSC, which saves him enough time to stay in the top 5. With this, the former Williams driver has completed his record of finishing every race in 2022 inside P5.

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As for Hamilton, all is not well so far. The seven-times world champion is in P6 with 36 points, just ahead of Lando Norris who’s 1 point shy of Lewis at 35 points. On the other hand, George is in P4 with 59 points.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.

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