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At the Miami GP, frustrated Lewis Hamilton questions team strategy

After finishing sixth behind teammate George Russell in the Miami Grand Prix on Sunday, a disgruntled Lewis Hamilton questioned his Mercedes team’s strategy. Hamilton sits sixth in the drivers’ standings with 36 points after the fifth race, with fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton fourth with 59 points. After 41 circuits of the first 67-lap race at the Miami International Autodrome, which Max Verstappen won, the seven-time world champion was astonished to be asked if he wanted to stop for new tires during a Safety Car period.

When queried about the event, he said, “I truly don’t know; I have no idea where everyone is in that circumstance.”

“I don’t have the facts to make a decision when the team says, “it’s your choice.”

“That is your responsibility! Please choose for me. You have all the information there in front of you. No, I don’t.

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“You depend on the men for it, but they handed it to me today, and I didn’t comprehend it.”

The team chose not to put Hamilton against anybody else.

“On the Safety Car, it’s just a little disappointing, but at least we scored points today,” he remarked.

“We’re nearing the end, and things are going well. All we have to do now is keep trying. I’m looking forward to taking a step ahead of that we haven’t taken before.”

Two weeks before, he had finished a despondent 13th in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Russell took advantage of the Safety Car to stop for new tires and, with that advantage, passed Hamilton for fifth place.

“It’s fun to compete against our teammates,” Hamilton remarked. “I loved it since you showed more respect and gave more room. I believe we have mutual respect, and I was pushing as hard as possible.”

Despite their increased performance, he continued, the crew could still not unleash the car’s full potential.

“We have a fast automobile in there, but the key to open it is missing. There’s more to come, which is aggravating.”

Charles Leclerc of Ferrari is leading the championship race by 104 points, with world champion Verstappen of Red Bull on 85.