New audio of the messages on the Mercedes pit wall during the Monaco Grand Prix have shed further light on Lewis Hamilton’s role in the strategy which cost him victory in the race.
The messages, published on the official Formula One website, show how the Mercedes pit wall was thrown into confusion when first the Virtual Safety Car and then a full Safety Car was deployed in the wake of Max Verstappen’s crash on lap 64.
When the VSC was deployed Hamilton was told not to pit. But after the Safety Car came out, and following Hamilton’s warning that his tyre temperatures were low, the decision was taken for him to come in.
That call was reversed again, but for a second time Hamilton voiced the view that he should come in to change tyres, believing the drivers behind him would also pit. That prompted the final decision for him to pit.
The exchange also shows Mercedes’ difficulties were aggravated by the loss of their marshalling information system around the time Hamilton rejoined the circuit behind Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel – where he finished.
|Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||It seems Bonnington was in the middle of telling Hamilton he was in his ‘Safety Car window’ at the moment the Virtual Safety Car was deployed.|
So just a reminder you are in your Safety Car… Virtual Safety Car. So look at your dash, look at the boards, keep positive, stay positive and you are staying out.
|Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||‘Staying positive’ refers to the time he is being shown on his dash.|
So we are staying out and you are staying positive.
|Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||OK Lewis a Safety Car has been deployed.|
|Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||Are you sure it’s the best thing to stay out? These tyres have lost all their temperature. Everyone’s going to be on [super-softs] now.|
|Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Nope, we will be boxing the end of the lap, so just stay positive. We are going to go up one-and-a-half turns for the [super-soft] tyre, unless you tell us different.|
|Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Just give us pit confrirm.|
|Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||OK so we are now staying out, staying out. Just confirm on the radio.|
|Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||Guys, that’s not good. These tyres have lost all their temperature. Everyone is going to be on [super-softs] now.|
|Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||OK, copy copy, box box.|
|Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||So cancel the brake magic. Caution on pit entry. RS modes. Cancel RS. Watch the line on pit exit.|
|Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||What’s happened, guys? Guys, what’s happened?|
|Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||OK Lewis, so we got caught behind… So we’re just getting a look now, just having a look now. We’re just reviewing the video. So stick the brake warming on, let’s get some temperature into these brakes.|
|Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||OK Lewis so we have lost the marshalling system so we may need to do something to override DRS.|
|Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||I’ve lost this race, haven’t I?|
|Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||Not if they lose all their tyre temp. They’re on [soft] tyre, you’ve got very good [super-soft] on the car at the moment.|
|Lewis Hamilton||Peter Bonnington||How many laps left?|
|Peter Bonnington||Lewis Hamilton||We’ve got 13 laps remaining.|