Lewis Hamilton hang up the call to hurry up
Lewis Hamilton simply didn´t deliver after he hang up the call to hurry which in effect meant to firmly protect the race win for Mercedes in Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2016.
Now should the world champions sack Hamilton? Ban him? Fine him? Or just let it go unpunished? It’s all up for debate and so for clearity purposes here is what Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff had to:
There were two moments in the race where we were at risk of losing the win,” said Wolff, when asked about the instructions from the pit wall. “First, it was not clear if Verstappen was on a one-stop strategy and he was in a good position; and second Sebastian Vettel was lapping two seconds quicker than us. Our number-one principle for three years is that we want to win – and believe me it doesn’t matter if it the first or the last race. You can question if it was the right principle executed today from the pit wall, but these two moments urged us to tell Lewis to increase the pace, because at that stage it looked like that Sebastian was going to win the race. One half of me says: with 1,500 people in the team and 300,000 people at Daimler, you have shared values that you have to respect, and not put yourself before these incredible organisations. Anarchy doesn’t work in any team or any company. The other half says: look, it was his only chance of winning the championship! Maybe you cannot demand from a racing driver who is probably the best out there to comply with a situation where his instincts cannot make him comply. Now it is up to us to find a solution in the future.Racing against the most talented driver as a team mate and winning the championship against him – that is something that needs to be honoured,” added Wolff. “Nico is a tough cookie. There are some quite remarkable character traits that got him the title. A very worthy world champion!
With that said everyone now knows where the Mercedes team stands and where news rooms stands as days unfolds abut why Lewis Hamilton did what he did.