The seven-time world champion, who started 11th on the grid due to an engine fine, was in third place when he was asked to pit for a tire change, against his desire to stay out to catch Max of the Red Bull. Verstappen.
Hamilton responded angrily to the radio when he discovered that he had lost two places in the pit while in fifth place, allowing Verstappen to create a six-point lead in the standings with six races remaining.
“I never expect to be all polite and calm on the radio, we are all very emotional and the emotion that can come out in the excitement of this moment, as it is for all drivers,” Hamilton wrote. Monday on Instagram.
“My heart and soul are out of track, it’s the fire in me that has gotten me so far but any anger is quickly forgotten and we’ve talked through it, already waiting for the next race.”
Formula One tire supplier Pirelli on Sunday backed Mercedes’ strategy, with their chief Mario Isola saying it was dangerous for Hamilton to push the middle tire boundary to 58 laps.
Hamilton said after the race that it was difficult for him to leave the post because he did not have the whole picture.
“I’m angry with my team, it’s not fair to say,” he added. “As a team we work hard to create the best strategy possible but as the race progresses you have to make split decisions, a lot of things are constantly changing.
“Yesterday we took the risk of staying out in the hope of drying out, it didn’t happen. I wanted to take the risk and end up going, but it was my call to stay out and it didn’t work. In the end we pitted and it was the safest thing to do.” . ”