Lewis Hamilton was running in P3, on his original intermediate tyres, when Mercedes called him in for a tyre change. At first he refused, but then on lap 51 of 58, he agreed to come in.
This bumped him down to P5, and afterwards he sounded very angry on the team radio. However, after talking to the team after the race, he agreed that coming in was the right thing to do.
The next day he took to Instagram to shoot down any suggestions that he was angry with Mercedes.
“I’ve seen some of the press this morning which has made a bit too much of the incident in yesterday’s race of when to pit,” Hamilton wrote.
“It isn’t true to say I’m furious with my team. As a team we work hard to build the best strategy possible but as the race progresses you have to make split decisions, there are so many factors constantly changing.
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“Yesterday we took the risk to stay out hoping it would dry, it didn’t. I wanted to risk it and try and go to the end, but it was my call to stay out and it didn’t work.
“In the end we did pit and it was the safest thing to do. We live and we learn. We win and we lose as a team.
“Don’t ever expect me to be all polite and calm on the radio when I’m racing, we are all very passionate and in the heat of the moment that passion can come out, and it does for all drivers.
“My heart and spirit are out there on the track, it’s the fire in me that’s got me this far but my angst is quickly forgotten and we talked it through, already looking ahead to the next race.
“Today’s another day to rise and as a team,” concluded the seven-time champion.