(Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton said he was not furious with the team after boxing’s strategy cost him a podium spot at Sunday’s Turkish Grand Prix, saying his car radio revolt was the heat of the moment as he battled for positions .
The seven-time world champion, who started in 11th place on the grid due to engine replacement penalties, was in third place when he was called in for a tire change, but would have preferred to have continued in his attempt to catch Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.
Hamilton reacted angrily on the radio when he discovered he had lost two pit positions by finishing fifth, which allowed Verstappen to open a six-point lead in the drivers’ championship with six races to go.
“Never expect me to be all calm and polite on the radio when I’m racing, we’re all very intense and in the heat of the moment that intensity can surface, as it does for all drivers,” Hamilton wrote on Instagram this Monday.
F1 tire supplier Pirelli supported Mercedes’ strategy on Sunday, and its boss Mario Isola said it was dangerous for Hamilton to push the limits of intermediate tires running 58 laps.
After the race, the Brit said it was hard for him to give up the position because he didn’t know the overall picture.
“It’s not true to say that I’m furious with my team. As a team, we work hard to build the best possible strategy, but as the race progresses you have to make snap decisions, there are many factors constantly changing.”
(By Rohith Nair in Bengaluru)
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