Lewis Hamilton thinks he would have been called in for an earlier pit stop after Adrian Sutil’s crash if he was still at McLaren, adding that he and team-mate Nico Rosberg are colleagues rather than friends.
Hamilton was unable to beat Rosberg into Turn 1 and it looked like his best chance would be during the pit stops, but that immediately changed after Adrian Sutil’s crash on Lap 27. Though it seemed to happen right in front of the Mercedes pair, the team decided to pit both drivers the following lap as the Safety Car came out, which consolidated Rosberg’s lead and kept Hamilton behind, where he would stay for the rest of the race.
On the radio Hamilton questioned the decision, saying he knew he should have asked to pit and adding “I also knew you guys wouldn’t pit me”, which he says is down to the way Mercedes makes its strategy decisions compared to McLaren, the team he left in 2012.
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