Lewis Hamilton: Martin Brundle says Briton made mistake not following Mercedes call at Turkish GP


Sky Sports pundit and former Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle has said that Lewis Hamilton made a mistake in not following Mercedes' initial call to pit for new tyres during the Turkish Grand Prix.

Hamilton and Mercedes had a bit of a disagreement during the race on Sunday with Lewis wanting to stay out and try and keep hold of P3 as he felt his tyres were in decent enough condition, whilst Mercedes were calling him in over fears that the rubber would not last to the end.

Indeed, the team eventually won out after a number of laps but Hamilton dropped down to P5 and did not have enough time to recover back to third, making for a few discussions post-race about the difference of opinion team and driver had.

It's all water under the bridge now, of course, and Hamilton has used social media to draw a line under things but Brundle does feel as though the reigning champion should have ceded to Mercedes' better information that they had on the pit wall on this particular occasion.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said:

"I think yesterday was a mistake on Lewis' part.

"We have seen him overrule the team in the past and it's worked out very well - for example in Turkey last year when he ran right through to the end and it was a glorious victory.

"But yesterday, I think all Mercedes had to do was mimic to an extent what Red Bull were doing, try to minimise the pain of him taking a new engine and grid penalty to go with that.

"I think Lewis put his team off-balance and it was a bit of a no-mans stop in the end.

"You have to respect Lewis' seven titles and his gut feeling out on the track.


"But at the same he has to respect that his team have got a copious amount of information, they're watching the entire race, all of the other cars and when they called him in, he kind of put them out of their stride."

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, of course, but the best play probably would have been to pit when those around Hamilton were doing so and then he would have had time to try and get those positions he lost back out on track.

That's not what happened, though, and now the plan will be to respond in Austin.

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