As the Russian Grand Prix approaches, Martin Brundle blames Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes’ pitstop failure.

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Sky Sports pundit Brundle says Mercedes ace Hamilton should not have overruled his team’s call to bring him in for fresh tyres in the first place.

Martin Brundle thinks Lewis Hamilton should have listened to his team and come in for a pit stop earlier during the Turkish Grand Prix. The Sky Sports pundit made the point that the team’s call to bring him in for fresh rubber in the previous race had worked out perfectly, and that the Briton should have trusted his team to make the right decision in Istanbul as well.

Hamilton was told to box with 16 laps remaining, after the team decided a change to fresh intermediate tyres was the right way to go.

But the seven-time world champion overruled that call, opting instead to stay out on the track in the hope he would be able to complete the race without having to stop.

But with only a handful of laps to go, Mercedes opted to pull him in for a change in order to avoid a puncture to his heavily worn tyres, and ensure he would come away with a decent amount of points.

The Brit seemed unaware at first that the stop would make him lose any places, and was clearly frustrated over the team radio when he discovered he had dropped behind Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc.

He finished behind both in fifth, and ever since the debate over whether or not it was the correct decision has raged on.

Brundle was clear when he said he believes the blame lies at Hamilton’s door for overruling his team’s instructions in the first place.

“I think yesterday was a mistake on Lewis’ part,” Brundle told Sky Sports.

“We have seen him overrule the team [before]and it’s worked out very well, actually. For example, in Turkey last year, when he ran right through to the end and it was a glorious victory – one of his finest, actually.

“Yesterday, I think all Mercedes had to do was mimic, to an extent, what Red Bull were doing, try to minimise the pain of him taking an engine penalty and a grid penalty to go with that.

“So, I think Lewis put his team off balance. They did a bit of a No Man’s Land stop in the end. It was too late in the. “Brinkwire Summary News”.

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