Mercedes explains Bahrain GP FP3 radio exchange with Lewis Hamilton

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At the end of Bahrain Grand Prix PF3, Lewis Hamilton seemed disappointed with his team during a radio exchange. Mercedes explains what happened.

At the very end of Bahrain Grand Prix third free practice, while Lewis Hamilton was exiting the pitlane to do some practice starts, Mercedes came on the radio and told him to stop.

“I think this will probably go red on exit,” said Lewis’ race engineer Peter Bonnington.

“Keep an eye on it. We’ll come and get you,” he concluded.

To this Lewis responded with: “Come on guys. This is twice now.”


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Some fans were upset by this, because they thought there was possibly something wrong with Lewis’ car, but in reality Mercedes just sent Lewis out too late to be able to get out on the track for practice starts.

Later a Mercedes spokesperson clarified the situation.

“Hamilton doesn’t have a car problem,” the spokesperson said.

“We didn’t get back out on track in time for the practice starts,” the spokesperson concluded.

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