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Lewis Hamilton insists he was NOT furious with his Mercedes team for Turkish Grand Prix pit stop row

Lewis Hamilton insists he was NOT furious with his Mercedes team for Turkish Grand Prix pit stop row

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Lewis Hamilton insists he was NOT furious with his Mercedes team for poorly-timed pit stop at the Turkish Grand Prix which saw him finish fifth… despite the Briton swearing down the radio at them!

By Sam Blitz For Mailonline

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Lewis Hamilton has passionately denied being furious with his Mercedes team for a poorly-timed pit stop at resulted in him finishing fifth at the Turkish Grand Prix. 

The Briton was asked to come into the pit lane on lap 42 of Sunday’s race, but refused as he disagreed with Mercedes’ belief that he needed new intermediates. 

Hamilton, who had managed to work his way up from 11th to third in the grid, eventually came into pit on lap 50 but dropped two places to fifth with just eight laps to go, which allowed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to overtake him at the top of the F1 rankings. 

Lewis Hamilton has denied being furious with his Mercedes team at the Turkish Grand Prix

Hamilton came in for a pit stop with eight laps to go and dropped two places to fifth in the grid

After coming out of the pit lane, Hamilton swore at his Mercedes team on the radio, saying: ‘F***, man, why did you give up that space?’. The seven-time Formula One champion also told his pit wall to ‘leave me alone’ when the race had ended.

But Hamilton revealed in a social media post on Monday morning that he was not angry at his team, despite his expletive-laden rant at them.  

‘Good morning world,’ the post began.  I’ve seen some of the press this morning which has made a bit too much of the incident in yesterday’s race of when to pit. It isn’t true to say I’m furious with my team.

‘As a team we work hard to build the best strategy possible but as the race progresses you have to make split decisions there are so many factors constantly changing.

‘(On Sunday) we took the risk to stay out hoping it would dry, it didn’t. I wanted to risk it to try and go to the end but it was my call to stay out and it didn’t work. In the end we did pit and it was the safest thing to do. 

‘We live and learn. We win and lose as a team. Don’t ever expect me to be all polite and calm on the radio when I’m racing, we are all passionate and in the heat of the moment that passion can come out, as it does for all drivers. 

‘My heart and spirit are out there on the track, it’s the fire within me that got me this far but any angst is quickly forgotten and we talked it through, already looking ahead to the next race. 

‘Today’s another day to rise and as a team. Still we rise.’ 

More to follow.  

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October 11, 2021 at 12:05PM

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