Lewis Hamilton has not forgiven Mercedes after a strategic mistake that took the British driver out of the podium fight at the Dutch GP today. “I can’t believe you f…” he said over the radio, after crossing the finish line in fourth place. “I’m very f…”
Hamilton had inherited the top spot after a safety car forced his main rivals into the pits. But while the leading drivers put on soft tyres, Hamilton stayed on track with mediums, which made him easy prey on the restart. Hamilton lost the lead to Verstappen and shortly thereafter to teammate George Russell (who changed tyres) and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.
After the race, Mercedes justified its choices, saying it could not take its two drivers to the pits at the same time and opted to make the switch in Russell, leaving Hamilton on track to fight for the position.
The race was won by Verstappen, who led virtually from start to finish, except for the occasions when he lost his position in the pits and soon regained it after stopping cycles. Russell and Leclerc completed the podium.