Key mistakes in Austria blew out Lewis Hamilton’s championship deficit by another 7 points.
The gap to teammate Nico Rosberg is now 29 points with almost half the 2014 season gone, and conspiracy theorists on Sunday wondered if Mercedes is now actively favouring its German title leader.
According to them, Hamilton’s almost 2 second deficit to Rosberg across his two pitstops at the Red Bull Ring was more than just a coincidence.
“I don’t know,” Hamilton said on Sunday when asked about his crew’s slow service compared to Rosberg.
“I have to have a look at the feedback and just see what the team say about the stops.
“Obviously it’s frustrating when you lose time because you’re constantly doing everything you can to gain a tenth here, a tenth there, so when you lose quite a chunk – two seconds over two pit stops – it’s tough,” he added.