EXCLUSIVE: Karun Chandhok has weighed in on Lewis Hamilton’s angry radio messages during the closing stages of the Dutch Grand Prix.
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Lewis Hamilton’s angry radio rant at Mercedes during the closing stages of the Dutch Grand Prix stemmed from the 37-year-old not having the full facts on whether or not it was the right call to pit George Russell under the safety car, according to ex-F1 driver Karun Chandhok. The Silver Arrows opted to pit second-placed Russell while Max Verstappen also stopped for soft tyres just behind him, leaving then-leader Hamilton as a sitting duck when the green flags were waved once again.
The seven-time champion was left furious with Mercedes as a result of their decision to stop Russell and did not mince his words over team radio as he made his feelings abundantly clear before limping to an eventual fourth-placed finish. Chandhok believes that although it is difficult to blame Hamilton for his frustrations at Zandvoort, it would have been impossible for him to know whether or not Mercedes made the correct strategy call from his cockpit.
“I get his frustrations because, having been in the cockpit myself, you don’t get the full picture of the race,” Chandhok exclusively told Express Sport.
“What he was hoping for was to have George as the rear gunner on the restart, which would’ve helped, but ultimately I think it would have just delayed the inevitable, Max had just so much more pace at the time.
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Lewis Hamilton was left fuming with Mercedes at the Dutch Grand Prix (Image: GETTY)
“I get from a Mercedes standpoint why they got George in, because they didn’t want to leave two cars exposed and ultimately saw Lewis tumbling down the order. If it was me, I think I would’ve probably left George out, it would’ve just bought them a few laps.
“With Lewis, it sounds like he wasn’t in the right engine mode for the restart as well, which hurt him. He didn’t have all the deployment from the ERS, which compromised him a little bit, but I think it would’ve just bought him maybe a lap or two, I don’t believe it would’ve changed the outcome of the race.”
Meanwhile, it remains to be seen whether Hamilton will be able to bounce back from his disappointing result at the Dutch Grand Prix at this weekend’s race at the historic Monza circuit in Italy. It seems unlikely that he will even manage to get on the podium, though, with a power unit change set to force him into starting from the very back of the grid.
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Karun Chandhok recently hosted the BonusFinder World Gas Pumping Championships in London (Image: BONUSFINDER)
Chandhok was speaking to Express Sport after hosting the BonusFinder World Gas Pumping Championships in London and presenting the winner with a title belt, prize money and a replenished tank of petrol.
“It was one of the most amusing and left-field days I’ve had, if I’m honest,” said Chandhok. “It was just a really fun day for people to come out and win a bit of prize money.
“The people participating got well into it. It’s a bit of a random thing to do on a Wednesday but they all got really competitive and quite serious!”
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