When notified that Esteban Ocon had completed the Turkish Grand Prix without pitting, Lewis Hamilton’s reaction was priceless.
Lewis Hamilton was somewhat aback when he learned that Esteban Ocon had won the Turkish Grand Prix without stopping.
Lewis Hamilton couldn’t believe Esteban Ocon, another Formula One driver, finished yesterday’s Turkish Grand Prix without pitting and on the same tyres he started on.
Valterri Bottas, Hamilton’s teammate, won in Istanbul after a strong effort, ahead of Red Bull teammates Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez, who finished second and third.
Hamilton, on the other hand, was disappointed, as he was forced to settle for fifth, allowing rival Verstappen to leapfrog him in the drivers’ standings once more.
When he was called in for a tyre change with less than 10 circuits to go, the disgruntled Englishman was less than impressed, and when he learned that Ocon had completed the race unchanged, Hamilton was taken aback.
“He did?” he said when told by Canal+ that the Frenchman finished the race without pit stops.
“I don’t know what to say,” the seven-time world champion said after a brief pause as he glanced at the ground and shook his head. If Ocon could accomplish it, I’m sure I could.” Following his pitstop, the Englishman dropped two positions, losing his podium spot in third and finished the race in fifth.
When Hamilton was brought in for a tyre change, he expressed his displeasure by saying over the Mercedes team radio, “I don’t think it is guy.” I believe we should remain outside. I mean, I’m sliding around, but so far it’s been fine.” Following the pit stop, the Englishman was forced to fend off Pierre Gasly in order to stay in sixth, as his radio rant continued: “Why did you give up that place, **** man?” Before asking for his position in the race, he informed his team.
“We shouldn’t have came in man…,” Hamilton said when told he was sixth. I warned you. “Man, just leave it alone.” The seven-time world champion vented his displeasure with the decision to pull the plug once more, this time blaming himself rather than his teammates for ‘not following his intuition’ and sticking out there.
“I feel like I should have stayed out,” he told Sky Sports after the race. “Brinkwire Summary News.”