Lewis Hamilton explains why he didn’t pit for dry tyres

Source: Mercedes F1 Twitter

Before the Hungarian Grand Prix restart Lewis Hamilton was the only driver to not enter the pits to make a switch to dry tyres.

Things didn’t look great for Lewis Hamilton at the Hungarian Grand Prix after he was the only car left on intermediate tyres on race restart.

While other drivers entered the pits to make the switch to dry tyres on the formation lap, Lewis was left as the lone driver on the starting grid.

However, he had to enter the pits at the end of his first lap, which dropped him down to the back of the grid. He ultimately did manage to climb his way back to P3, but the original decision definitely cost him.

At the post-race press conference Lewis explained what happened.

“Yeah, I know that we can pit,” Hamilton said.

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“Obviously we all started on the inters and I tried, just through the formation lap, giving the team information.

“It was dry in all the corners and so I kept telling them: dry, dry, dry and they said to stay out. I don’t really understand but I’m sure it is top off… definitely a mistake from us all but we win and lose as a team and we bear the burden of the mistakes together, and we just keep fighting.

“The team did an amazing job with the strategy, with the pit stops and I just had to make it work out there.

“So it was flat chat for the entire race and very, very hard with tyre temperatures and that but nonetheless I enjoyed it,” concluded the Briton.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said after the race that he still believes the decision to stay on inters was “100% the right decision” at the time.

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