Lewis Hamilton raged at Mercedes over the team radio for their pit stop decisions at the Turkish GP.
It was dizzying heights and sinking lows for Mercedes as Hamilton charged up from 11th place to within touching distance of a podium. With all his rivals pitting, Mercedes and race engineer Peter ‘Bono’ Bonnington asked him to come into the pits to change tyres.
However, Hamilton refused to come in, and said that he could manage the tyres until the end of the race. He was in P3 at the time, and was poised to overtake Charles Leclerc ahead of him in the Ferrari.
When Bono told him to pit, Hamilton responded saying, “Why? It feels like we should stay out,” as quoted by express.co.uk.
The seven-time world champion then proceeded to ignore the team decision, and said, “I am going to stay out.”
That decision ended up proving costly, as the tyres started to lose grip. By then, there were only seven laps to go in the 58-lap race. Hamilton came into the pits to take new inters, but there was barely any improvement from him.
Having rejoined in fifth place, the Mercedes driver couldn’t get past Leclerc. Hamilton then raged at Mercedes over the team radio for their pit stop decisions.
“We shouldn’t have come in,” he groaned. “Massive graining man. I told you.”
Things went from bad to worse for Hamilton, as Pierre Gasly and Lando Norris started to catch up to him. By then, hopes for a podium were dashed, and Hamilton now had to deal with the two drivers behind him.
When Bono gave an update on Gasly’s pace and gap to him, an irate Hamilton barked, “Leave it alone man!”
Hamilton ended up finishing P5 at the end of it. However, he will not be happy with it at all, given his chances for a podium before his pit stop. He will also not like Max Verstappen retaking the lead in the WDC standings.