Hamilton could already feel the double victory for Mercedes after the late stop

Author of the article: , published September 18, 2023.

Lewis Hamilton felt Mercedes could be celebrating a double victory at the Singapore Grand Prix after they took advantage of the virtual safety car activated by Esteban Ocon's stalled car on lap 44 to fit both drivers with new medium-hard tires .

But the race did not go according to Hamilton's plans, as George Russell made a mistake on the last lap of the race and dropped to third place after touching the track wall at Turn 10, which Hamilton admitted was the biggest problem of the race. bad starting point.

"At the end of the race, it wasn't very special, but the whole team showed excellent tactics and pit stops," he said after the race. "I made the race quite difficult yesterday in qualifying, but in the end it was quite exciting. I knew I wouldn't be able to overtake Georg, as overtaking requires a big speed difference, but I felt we could get a double win.”

The moments when George Russel made a mistake at the 10th corner at the Singapore Grand Prix and retired on the last lap of the race

The Mercedes camp was disappointed with the outcome of the race, as the Mercedes team lost important points to Ferrari in the championship standings. "For Lewis to reach the podium is great. In the end he was very fast and overall he drove a great race. It's a shame that George couldn't keep the result he worked so hard for," said team boss Toto Wolff. "If both racers had finished, we would have won a lot of points with third and fourth place, but that's how we lost them to Ferrari."

Wolff, however, admitted that they would not have had any chance of winning if they had not taken the risk of stopping during the VSC. "If we didn't take risks, we wouldn't have a chance to win, so we tried and in the end Lewis got to the podium. If we stayed on track, we couldn't win, so we took a risk. We knew that at best we would win, and at worst we would finish fourth and fifth," explained Woff.

Photos: Mercedes

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