Ross Brawn says Hamilton should have stopped for the third time

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Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn says he at times during the Dutch Grand Prix thought Lewis Hamilton “was coming back at” Max Verstappen.

During the Dutch Grand Prix Mercedes tried to perform an undercut on Max Verstappen on two occasions, but unfortunately it wasn’t successful.

Although Lewis Hamilton seemed to be closing in on Max at times, it ultimately wasn’t enough to snatch the win from him.

In his column Ross Brawn says he believes Mercedes should have stopped Lewis one more time with 20 laps to go, and put him on softs.

“While Max looked in control, there were times when you thought Lewis was coming back at him,” Brawn wrote.

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“And I thought there was a little window 20 laps from the end when Mercedes might pull a pin on a third stop and bolt on the softs. That would have really livened the race up.

“I’m not sure who would have come out on top if that had happened but 20 laps on the softs would have been substantially quicker than Max on his older hards.

“I’m surprised they didn’t try it given passing on track was challenging – and they had nothing to lose.

“It would have been difficult for Red Bull to respond because with the gap to Max below two seconds at that stage.

“Lewis could have potentially made that up with an out lap on the softs,” concluded the Briton.

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