After the end of the Dutch Grand Prix Toto Wolff explained why Mercedes chose not to change Lewis Hamilton’s tyres, leaving him with medium tyres.
As Wolff said, this choice was made in order for the Briton to fight for victory rather than settle for 2nd or 3rd place. Hamilton eventually finished fourth.
It is very emotional for the driver. You’re so close to fighting for the win and then you get eaten, so it’s clear that every emotion comes out. You, as the driver in the cockpit, are alone and do not see what is happening. We discussed right now, do we take risks to win a race? Yes, we take risks.
He had the medium tires that were only five laps in, so keeping his position on the track was the right thing to do. In the end it didn’t work out for us, but I preferred to take the risk of winning the race with Lewis rather than finishing second or third.
Lewis was in front so we could do two things, either put him in the pits and lose his place to Verstappen and leave George [Russell] out, either calling them both into the pits, one behind the other. So was it worth the risk?
If we left them both out, we would have both cars with old tires. That would have been a guaranteed second and third place and we wouldn’t have been fighting for the win with Lewis.
Wolff added that he did not think putting both drivers on fresh soft tires would work, as he said it would mean both Hamilton and Russell would be behind Verstappen on the restart and on the same tires they would not they could attack the Red Bull driver.
I think Red Bull has so much speed on the straight that with everyone on the same tire there was no way we could win. I think we can see the positives and that’s what I just discussed with Lewis, there’s a lot more positives to take from today’s race.
Of course second and fourth places are annoying, but we felt we had a good car here. This is the most important thing and you have to take risks where we are.
The 7-time world champion on team radio sounded very angry saying:
I can’t believe you guys made me like this, I can’t tell you how angry I am right now.
However, in his post-race comments he apologized to the team for his outburst and admitted he was unable to contain his emotions as he raced for victory before the final safety car.
I was on the verge of breaking point with my emotions and I apologize to the team because I don’t even remember what I said, I just lost it for a second. But I think they know there is so much passion and I want to see it as a glass half full, we came here suffering from the previous race, we were fighting against Red Bull today, we were faster in many places.
Without the safety car I think we would have challenged them for the win at the end because of the one pit stop, which I don’t think the others could have done. The car finally worked. If the same can happen in the future matches, we will continue to be close to them and get the win.
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