F1 ace Hamilton was furious after a team mistake cost him a podium finish at the Dutch Grand Prix
F1 star Lewis Hamilton has gone wild with an X-rated rant against his Mercedes team after claiming a tactical error they made cost him a podium place in Sunday’s Grand Prix at the Netherlands.
Hamilton, who is tied with Michael Schumacher for the most Formula 1 world titles at age 7, remains in pursuit of a record eighth championship but finds himself languishing in sixth place in the drivers standings, some 152 points from runaway leader Max Verstappen of Red Taureau.
The Briton – who has yet to win a race this season – made his frustration with his colleagues clear in a radio transmission that was caught on TV following what appears to have been a game planning incident from from Mercedes bosses.
The resentment can be traced to the decision to let Hamilton run on medium tires with 15 laps to go when the majority of his rivals had switched to softs during a spell as the safety car was on track at the end. following an incident involving Valtteri. Boots.
Hamilton’s slower tires played a big role in his loss of first place and his fall to fourth place at the end of the race.
To make matters worse, Hamilton’s teammate George Russell asked to be put on soft tires and passed his teammate on lap 64. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc did the same one lap later. Russell finished the race in second place.
A furious Hamilton was heard dressing up his Mercedes team, saying on team radio: “I can’t believe you fucked me. I can’t tell you how fucked up I am.”
We are getting closer. 👊 A big thank you to the team for continuing to push and to the fans for creating a mega atmosphere. Tribute to @LewisHamilton for the performance this weekend too – you deserved to be on the podium today. We will have this W soon… pic.twitter.com/COUslXL1nD
—George Russell (@GeorgeRussell63) September 4, 2022
Lewis Hamilton has every right to be pissed off at Mercedes. If the team wanted to win, anyway. Granted, the decision was good for Russell, but not for the team as a whole. Resulted in an easy Max doubling.
—Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) September 4, 2022
Lewis Hamilton is the greatest team player you can meet. Always bend over backwards for Mercedes. The team clearly wanted them both on the same tires – Lewis listened as George went against this and went for himself and fucked his team mate
— Sophie Barley (@SophieBarley) September 4, 2022
However, it appears Hamilton did not ask for his tires to be changed to soft ones during the safety car break in the proceedings.
As for Verstappen, victory gives him a 109-point lead over Leclerc with seven races remaining on the calendar and a maximum of 191 points up for grabs.
“I was really hoping we were going to do a double as a teamHamilton said afterwards. “Especially after such…we had a year of ups and downs, not a good year. We haven’t had a win since Brazil.
“So it’s finally within reach, but of course the safety car didn’t really help. I was just on the verge of breaking point with the emotions. Apologies to the team. I don’t don’t even remember what I said I just lost it for a second – but I think they know it’s so much passion.
“I want to see it as a glass half full.”
Russell, however, paid tribute to his teammate afterwards.
“We are getting closer“, he wrote on social networks. “A big thank you to the team for keeping pushing and to the fans for creating a mega vibe. Tribute to [Lewis Hamilton] for the performance this weekend too – you deserved to be on the podium today. We will have this W soon…”
F1 journalist Jeff Gluck, however, said Hamilton was right to be aggrieved.
“Lewis Hamilton has every right to be pissed off at Mercedes,” he wrote. “If the team wanted to win, anyway. Granted, the decision was good for Russell, but not for the team as a whole. Resulted in an easy Max [win].”
Another reporter, Sophie Barley, agreed: “Lewis Hamilton is the greatest team player you can meet. Always bend over backwards for Mercedes. The team clearly wanted them both on the same tires – Lewis listened as George went against this and lashed out at his teammate.
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