Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he was wrong regarding his pit stop call at the Turkish GP.
Hamilton ignored his Mercedes’ call to pit for new intermediate tyres and stayed out. However, that pretty much backfired instantly, as he started losing pace and was in danger of dropping off to those who had pitted.
Ultimately, he decided to cave in and pit, but he was furious during and after the stop. Now, however, Hamilton has admitted that he was wrong regarding his pit stop call, and said that he is relieved he decided to box.
“The tyres are bald, so you don’t know how far they’re going to go, and so there is definitely the worry of the life of the tyre but also I wasn’t really that fussed at the end there,” Hamilton said, as quoted by express.co.uk.
“I was struggling, had low grip, I’m not really sure why. But then all of a sudden I would have not bad pace.
“So I was losing performance to the guys behind, but I think probably in hindsight, I should have either stayed out or come in much earlier because when you come in with eight laps to go, you don’t have time to go through the graining phase of that medium tyre on a drying track.
“So then I went through this whole sliding phase where I nearly lost more positions, so a bit frustrating, but it is what it is.
“It felt good to be in third and I thought if I could just hold on to this, it’s a great result from 11th. Fifth is worse, but it could be worse.”
When asked if he could have made the tyres last till the end of the race, Hamilton said, “(Esteban) Ocon’s did.
“I didn’t know at that time, but I could have probably assumed that I would lose (places). The guys were only 15 seconds behind and it’s a 24-second pit stop, so I knew I would lose perhaps one.”