This Sunday’s race at Zaandvort was full of surprises for the F1 fans as well as racing teams. Max Verstappen once again finished on top after the checkered flag and clinched his 10th race win of the 2022 season. And surprisingly, Mercedes’ George Russell secured the second position on the podium. He surpassed Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, who achieved the third position and ensured some points for the outfit. However, the day’s hot topic turned out to be Mercedes’ other driver Lewis Hamilton, who had a serious burst-out over the radio.
All this happened when the German team left him out on medium tyres in a late safety car situation. When Valtteri Bottas’ DNF called out the safety car, the team did not change tyres on Hamilton’s car. And then, he was the only driver at the top who was not on the soft tyres. And as a result, Lewis Hamilton lost his chance for a potential win at the Dutch GP. However, later, Mercedes took full responsibility for the strategy call. Not only that, but boss Toto Wolff also defended the Briton’s burst out, stating that he was “right to be angry.”
Toto Wolff Explained Lewis Hamilton’s Blunder At Dutch GP
Apparently, Mercedes’ both cars were far better than expected at Zandvoort. Lewis Hamilton had track position and little chance of defending the winning title against the charging Red Bull. However, the Briton being on older and slower tyres allowed Verstappen to take the lead. Also, Hamilton was taken over by George Russell and Charles Leclerc, resulting in his P4 finish in the Dutch GP.
Meanwhile, Toto Wolff defended the decision not to pit Lewis Hamilton late on by stating that it was a “trash bin” situation. As Toto explained, “It’s highly emotional. You’re that close, you’re bracing for the win, and then you’re eaten up.” The Mercedes boss further revealed that Lewis had a tyre that was five laps old from the medium. Therefore, holding the position at the moment was the right thing to do. However, it did not work out for the seven-time world champion.
Toto Wolff also pointed out that they had two options at the moment, and choosing any one of them would’ve left them screwed. “You can either pit Lewis, lose track position against Verstappen and leave George out – screwed. You can pit both – screwed. So it was worth taking the risk,” the Silver Arrows principal explained the situation as he chose his option. The team wanted to race with Lewis Hamilton for the ultimate win, not for the second or third position. However, it ended with Lewis Hamilton losing his temper and lashing out at the team. Although, the former world champion later apologized for his comments stating that he was on the edge of breaking point with emotions.