Mercedes admit making crucial error which impacted Lewis Hamilton in Imola

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LEWIS HAMILTON was unable to get previous midfield runners and completed thirteenth after a horrible weekend on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

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Mercedes has admitted they need to have pitted Lewis Hamilton earlier because the monitor began to dry in Imola. The seven-time champion was operating eleventh earlier than the primary set of pit stops however misplaced positions because the workforce refused to gamble.

Pierre Gasly and Alex Albon’s earlier stops for slicks meant they got here out forward of the Mercedes man. Esteban Ocon’s unsafe launch pushed Hamilton right down to 14th and the Briton was caught in a DRS practice all afternoon.

It meant he was unable to make any progress on the midfield and completed thirteenth after Ocon’s five-second penalty was later awarded. Mercedes trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin stated in ‘hindsight’ they need to have pitted Hamilton earlier.

Nevertheless, he defined that a part of the choice was right down to points with producing tyre warm-up from their new automotive.

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Mercedes admit making crucial error which impacted Lewis Hamilton in Imola

Mercedes warns they need to have pitted Lewis Hamilton sooner (Picture: Getty)

Shovlin claimed the workforce have been unable to gamble on tyre modifications till they solved the ‘underlying issues’ with their automotive.

He stated: “Why didn’t we cease Lewis a lap or two earlier. Properly, with the advantage of hindsight we’d have finished.

“Should you have a look at the problems although as to why we didn’t try this. There was a dialogue with Lewis however we had a automotive all weekend that was scuffling with warm-up.

“Going out on slick tyres on a moist monitor was a really difficult scenario. Actually we have to perceive why we’ve obtained this heat up drawback. We all know from earlier races, we all know from earlier damp qualifying’s, these are situations Lewis excels in. He’s very superb in these altering situations.

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Mercedes admit making crucial error which impacted Lewis Hamilton in Imola

Lewis Hamilton was solely thirteenth in Imola (Picture: Getty)

“There’s an underlying drawback we’ve obtained on this automotive, it’s very tough for us to generate temperature and we have to repair that earlier than we get again right into a scenario the place we will actually gamble on these altering situations.” The end result leaves Hamilton down in seventh within the drivers’ standings and a large 58 factors behind championship chief Charles Leclerc.

It is Hamilton’s second poor results of the season after a tenth place end on the Saudi Arabia Grand Prix. In the meantime, Mercedes rookie George Russell continues to take pleasure in a constant begin to the season with 4 successive top-five finishes.

It means Russell has nearly doubled his team-mate’s factors tally and is simply 37 factors behind Leclerc.


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