Hamilton clarifies ‘difficult position’ radio message

Hamilton clarifies ‘difficult position’ radio message

Lewis Hamilton defined what he meant when he accused Mercedes of placing him in a tough place in the course of the Australian GP.

Mercedes had been very pleasantly shocked with their qualifying efficiency, Hamilton securing P5 on the grid and team-mate George Russell beginning P6, on a weekend the place Russell stated they’d the “fifth-fastest automotive” behind Pink Bull, Ferrari, McLaren and Alpine.

Their prospects improved additional by passing P4 starter Lando Norris on the primary lap, although a second Security Automotive interval introduced blended fortunes for the Mercedes drivers.

Russell would profit properly, enhancing to a podium place, whereas Hamilton had misplaced out to his team-mate and was additionally handed by Sergio Perez after leaving the pits.

Perez would shut in on Russell and make the overtake, however with Max Verstappen retiring from P2, it meant that Russell was again on for a podium, with solely Hamilton able to disclaim him.

Hamilton was not in a position to shut in sufficient although and he would take to the radio, bluntly telling his Mercedes crew that “you guys put me in a very tough place.”

It was not instantly clear what Hamilton meant, as Mercedes couldn’t have performed something in regards to the Security Automotive timing.

However in entrance of the Sky Sports activities F1 cameras, he revealed that his phrases got here on account of his engine overheating, that means he needed to sit again from the Perez-Russell battle and couldn’t later assault his team-mate.

“I acquired to see a little bit of the battle on the finish, racing Perez, and I want I might have been in it,” stated Hamilton.

“I couldn’t battle for third as a result of the engine was overheating.

“So I needed to again off, so simply needed to sit behind.”

There have been although no indicators of any lingering frustration for Hamilton, fairly the other really, with the Brit expressing his delight at a “nice outcome” for the crew as he crossed the road P4 behind Russell in P3.

“It’s an awesome outcome for us as a crew, actually,” he stated.

“This weekend we’ve had so many tough moments with the automotive and so to get ourselves fifth and sixth in qualifying, to progress like we have now and to have the reliability, and we positively didn’t count on to have a 3rd, fourth.

“And George did an awesome job right this moment.

“We’ve bagged as many factors as we might as a crew and that’s nice.”


Mercedes depart the Australian Grand Prix nonetheless P2 within the Constructors’ Championship, 10 factors forward of Pink Bull in P3.

Russell in the meantime has jumped as much as P2 within the Drivers’ Championship, now 9 factors forward of Hamilton.




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