Lewis Hamilton was looking to secure his first race win of the 2022 season at the F1 Dutch Grand Prix last weekend. The Briton, however, was left understandably frustrated by Mercedes’ strategy that cost him a potential win.
Hamilton was quick to make his frustrations rather apparent in a rant over team radio that “amazed” former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve. The Canadian accused the seven-time world champion of almost “insulting” his team over the radio towards the end of the race.
In the last few laps of the race, Hamilton was passed by his teammate George Russell and Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari after Mercedes decided to pit him for the medium compound tires instead of the softs. Forget challenging Max Verstappen for the win, Hamilton even failed to make it to the podium places itself and finished the race in fourth.
In his column for Formula1.nl, Villeneuve wrote:
Earlier during the 2022 F1 Dutch GP, the Mercedes driver shared his frustration with the team over the radio following the botched strategy. He said:
At the end of the race, team boss Toto Wolff advised him to discuss the matter in private, saying:
Lewis Hamilton, however, responded in a collected manner, saying:
The Briton later apologized to the whole team for his reaction over the team radio.
Lewis Hamilton was quick to get a hold of his emotions after stepping out of his car at the end of the race in Zandvoort last weekend. He admitted that if the pace from the Dutch GP is anything to go by, a race win shouldn’t be too far for Mercedes.
As reported by the Guardian, Hamilton said:
Lewis Hamilton currently stands sixth in the drivers’ standings with 158 points to his name.
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