Lewis Hamilton said his decision to pit for intermediates in the British Grand Prix was a rare example of him making a “perfect” pit call.
“I think for the first time probably in my career I made the perfect choice tyre-wise,” said Hamilton after taking his third win at Silverstone. “I’m really really happy for that.”
Hamilton said he had “lost a lot of temperature in my slicks” before pitting, which allowed Rosberg to catch on him during that phase of the race.
After the race Mercedes executive director for technical Paddy Lowe congratulated Hamilton on a “great call on the pit stop”. “That was exactly right this time,” Lowe added. Hamilton lost a potential victory in the Monaco Grand Prix earlier this year after making an extra pit stop late in the race.
Hamilton lost the lead from pole position for the second race in a row but said he was happy with his getaway. “My clutch was good,” said Hamilton, “it’s just that we had quite poor grip, I think, at the start.”
“I think it was the same for Nico. But it made the race even more exciting, we kept pushing… that probably made it more exciting for the fans.”
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