Mika Häkkinen says Lewis Hamilton “was not happy with the strategy his team gave him”, but notes “the safety car was outside their control”.
“Mercedes had a strange weekend, ultimately ending with quite a positive result,” said the Finn.
“They looked really quick on Friday – George [Russell] was fastest in second practice and Lewis was 4th – but as the track conditions evolved into Saturday their speed fell away.
“George did a very good job to look after his tyres and run long in the race, holding out for a safety car period, and that worked really well for him.”
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The aforementioned Safety Car allowed Russell to have a free pit stop, take on fresh medium tyres, and ultimately overtake Lewis Hamilton, who was on older hard tyres at the time.
Lewis noted to his team that the strategy was not “kind” to him again, but Häkkinen says Mercedes should be happy with the overall result.
“I know Lewis was not happy with the strategy his team gave him, but the safety car was outside their control.
“And the team should really be quite satisfied to have both cars in the top six in spite of their problems,” Häkkinen concluded.