With Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas’ call, Mercedes has been accused of “raising the white flag.”
Former Formula One driver Jolyon Palmer described Mercedes”switch’ near the end of the Austrian Grand Prix as ‘raising a white flag.’
Due to a Mercedes move during the Austrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton found himself behind Valtteri Bottas after the seven-time world champion suffered with damage as his major title contender Max Verstappen dominated. Jolyon Palmer, on the other hand, has spoken out against the Silver Arrows’ choice.
Despite incurring a five-second penalty during the race, Hamilton finished fourth, with Verstappen extending his advantage over the Briton to 32 points. Valtteri Bottas was second, while Lando Norris was third.
Former Formula One driver Palmer, on the other hand, has described Mercedes”switch’ towards the conclusion of the race as a ‘white flag’ being waved by the reigning champions, and believes it might be a sign they’re giving up the title chase.
“It felt like Mercedes was losing points – in terms of the drivers’ championship today,” Palmer stated on BBC Radio 5 Live.
We heard the race radio directive to keep Sergio Perez at away, so obviously they are still focussing on the constructors.
“However, I believe that winning the drivers’ championship is the most important aspect of Formula One.
“I just felt Mercedes didn’t attempt to get the most out of what they had.
“It’s one thing to let Valtteri Bottas to race Lewis Hamilton, but coordinating Hamilton to move out of the way for Bottas?
“When was the last time a title contender moved out of the way for their number two teammate during a championship season? I’ve never seen it before.
“Red Bull had the best vehicle, certainly at this circuit, but they took advantage of it.
“It’s all about putting it together when you have the opportunity, and they’ve done that with Max Verstappen.
“They could have had a one-two here with Sergio Perez finishing sixth, but they have put Verstappen in a very strong position for the drivers’ title with three wins in a row.
“Verstappen has slam-dunked these two races in Austria, and Lewis Hamilton will have to retaliate next time out in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.”
Hamilton had previously stated that he was fighting for speed due to a performance drop at the rear of his car. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”