Toto Wolff: “It was the wrong message to Lewis”

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff says the team made a mistake but not telling Lewis Hamilton to push in his out-lap, to try and undercut Max Verstappen in Monaco.

On lap 51 of the Monaco Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton pitted from P7, to switch from hard to medium tyres.

Max Verstappen, who was ahead of him, was going to pit just a lap later, but afterwards, Lewis complained on the team radio that the team did not tell him to push on his out-lap, to attempt to undercut the Dutch driver.

Afterwards, team boss Toto Wolff admitted Mercedes made a mistake.

“That was a miscommunication first between us on the pit wall,” the Austrian said.

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“We got that wrong, it should have been an ‘out-lap critical’ in trying to undercut.

“But then there was a debate whether any out-lap would be enough on the new tyre, so the message he got was at best confusing, but probably wrong.

“It should have been an ‘out-lap critical’. The worry in the background was if we stretched the tyre in a single lap then what would happen later?

“But in summary it was the wrong message to Lewis, and this is a team sport,” Wolff concluded.

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