Lewis Hamilton said Mercedes got their strategy calls right at Silverstone after Red Bull team principal Christian Horner questioned their tactics.Horner claimed Ferrari were “let off the hook” by Mercedes when Hamilton’s team chose to put him on hard tyres instead of softs when they pitted him on the 33rd lap of 52.
However Hamilton is not convinced by Horner’s assessment of their strategy. “I don’t really care, I don’t really pay much attention to what is said by that guy,” he laughed when asked by RaceFans today.
“But from our knowledge, from what I was told, from our experience, the tyres were not going to go the distance. They were definitely quicker for the first part but there was huge degradation on the other cars that we had seen.
“Now, did we get it perfect? Who knows. But I think we made the right decision.”
Hamilton was able to put pressure on Ferrari in the race by running a long opening stint on the medium tyre compound. Only Lando Norris ran further than him on the medium tyres and the McLaren driver also switched to hard rubber at his pit stop.
“No one could do the stint length that I did on the medium,” Hamilton explained. “I don’t know if anyone else did that length and had that performance and pace at the end on that tyre.
“The question is could I have kept going and then shortened my soft tyre run? But in hindsight it’s always positive.”
Mercedes can draw a lot of encouragement from their British Grand Prix performance, said Hamilton, who set the fastest lap of the race on his way to third place.
“It was really positive for us as a team to start to see a little bit of consistency, particularly on my side, and to see us making progress,” he said.
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