‘This one’s on us’: Mercedes issue grovelling apology to Lewis Hamilton after strategy mistakes allowed world title rival Max Verstappen to pass him and win French Grand Prix
- Mercedes apologised to Lewis Hamilton following the French Grand Prix
- Hamilton’s team made two strategy errors, with Max Verstappen prevailing
- Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas told Mercedes it might not be a one-stop race
Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team issued a grovelling apology to their star driver, saying ‘this one’s on us’, after two strategy mistakes allowed Max Verstappen to win Sunday’s French Grand Prix.
Verstappen passed Hamilton on the penultimate lap to extend his championship lead to a dozen points.
But Hamilton would have triumphed had Mercedes not been caught napping by Red Bull’s two-stop strategy for Verstappen.
Mercedes apologised to Lewis Hamilton after two strategy mistakes in the French Grand Prix
The errors allowed Max Verstappen (R) to win the race, with Hamilton (L) finishing second
‘Lewis, this one is on us,’ James Vowles, the dejected Mercedes chief strategist, told Hamilton.
‘Thank you for doing everything you could to recover that race. You drove incredibly well.’
Both Hamilton and his team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who lost third place to Sergio Perez, said they told their team it might not be a one-stop race, but their warnings appeared to fall on deaf ears.
Both Hamilton and his team-mate Valtteri Bottas told Mercedes it might not be a one-stop race
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