Lewis Hamilton has claimed Mercedes left him on the edge of “breaking point” after a disastrous Dutch Grand Prix. Hamilton looked able to challenge Max Verstappen for victory before a late-race safety car caught him out.
Hamilton was one of the only drivers in the top five to not switch to a new set of soft tyres and dropped from the lead to fourth. The seven-time champion was angry over the team radio, swearing at his team over the decision to not stop.
After the race, Hamilton admitted the Silver Arrows could have won the race if it hadn’t been for the drama at the end. He said: “I think we did yeah but given the circumstances we were just challenged with lots of things with the VSC’s and safety cars. The strategy and the car had been so good up until that point.
“The pit stops were fantastic, the best I think we have had all year, it was geeing me up. I was thinking the guys are really on it today. I was really hopeful we were going to get a one-two together as a team.
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Hamilton criticised Mercedes call over team radio, suggesting their plan “was the biggest **** up.” But, Toto Wolff defended his actions after the race, admitting the team would have likely lost the race whatever they had done.
Wolff explained: “First of all, Lewis is ahead. So we’re always having a problem with the call. You can do two things, you can either pit Lewis, lose track position against Verstappen, and leave George out – screwed.
“You can pit both – screwed. So it was worth taking the risk.”