The Miami Grand Prix saw a lot of confusion in the Mercedes garage when it came to taking certain decisions by Lewis Hamilton’s on-board radio team following a late safety car situation. There was a situation where Mercedes themselves presented Hamilton with the question of whether he wants to pit or not.
On being faced with such a question, 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton replied that he didn’t know if he wanted to pit or not at that given time. However, it wasn’t long until Hamilton started fuming over how newly recruited driver George Russell rose to a much more favourable position from P12. Russell waited for the commencement of a safety car situation to make a favourable pit stop.
Russell’s decision came in handy when the safety car arrived, he jumped in instantly, resulting in minimal losses. Mercedes’ team principal Toto Wolff went on to explain how Hamilton was presented with an impossible choice at that moment.
Toto Wolff breaks down the choice that Lewis Hamilton took in the Miami GP
“He was between a rock and a hard place. The situation was unfavorable for him and favorable for George,” remarked the Austrian team principal post the conclusion of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix at the Miami International Autodrome.
He then elaborated on how George Russell could continue on medium tyres but it was upto Lewis Hamilton to make the choice of either continuing on old hard tyres or switching to soft tyres.
Hamilton chose to continue, but acknowledged that he would lose his position to his teammate Russell regardless. Wolff believes that the choice could have gone both ways. The drivers will reassemble again for the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.