Why didn’t Mercedes pit Hamilton earlier?
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff admitted the team did consider bringing Hamilton in before Vettel and particularly Leclerc, but said Ferrari got their strategy spot on.
“We discussed the undercut but there was the risk of being caught in traffic,” Wolff explained. “They did it right, they had nothing to lose and I think everybody was surprised by how strong the undercut was.”
More of a worry to Wolff is the fact Mercedes struggled to keep up with Ferrari in Singapore, while the Scuderia now appear to be a very real threat for the rest of the season.
“Once we got going we had a fast car,” he explained. “But out of the blocks, and after every restart, we are lacking pace and that’s the harsh reality.