Jenson Button is at odds with Mercedes manager Toto Wolff on the tyre controversy involving Lewis Hamilton.


Jenson Button is at odds with Mercedes manager Toto Wolff on the tyre controversy involving Lewis Hamilton.

In the Turkish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton refused to pit early and suffered the price with a fifth-place finish.

Lewis Hamilton’s failure came as a result of his refusal to pit earlier in the Turkish Grand Prix on Sunday, when the British driver finished sixth in difficult circumstances in Istanbul.

Hamilton still managed a solid result despite starting 11th due to a 10-place grid penalty, but it might have been far better had he heeded his team’s advice.

After resisting the advice to pit, Hamilton made the courageous decision to listen to his crew with only seven laps remaining, bitterly berating them on the team radio afterwards after it cost him a shot at a podium finish.

Following the event, Mercedes CEO Toto Wolff expressed his opinions.

Sky Sports F1 quoted Wolff as saying: “Taking it extremely conservatively and pitting when everyone else pitted for the intermediate, coming out behind [Sergio] Perez and maybe behind Leclerc and fighting with them on track for P3 would have been the perfect option.

“It’s fascinating because the intermediate appeared to be quite difficult, but we reasoned that if we hung in there long enough, we might be able to finish third without stopping.

“Alternatively, if a dry line arises, we could switch to a soft tyre until the end to strike a compromise between pitting and being cautious, fighting with Leclerc and Perez on the track for P3, or taking a chance and winning or finishing third.

Jenson Button, Hamilton’s former teammate and 2009 world champion, has backed Hamilton, claiming Mercedes should have given him more information about the late stop.

“It’s a hard one,” he admitted.

“After the race, I’m sure Lewis was irritated. They guided him through the process of when he should’ve pitted, and he pitted exactly where he shouldn’t have pitted.

“It would’ve been a good choice if he pitted earlier, or if he didn’t pit at all and the tyres lasted all the way to the end. It was right in the heart of everything, and it was the kind of place you didn’t want to be.

“The information, I believe, is the most important factor for me. I don’t think Lewis realized he’d lose two spots due to the pitstop. “Brinkwire Summary News,” he says.


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