Lewis Hamilton fumes at Mercedes strategy during Dutch GP battle with Max Verstappen

F1: Hamilton v Verstappen in numbers

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Lewis Hamilton complained about Mercedes’ strategy over his team radio during his Dutch Grand Prix battle with Max Verstappen.

Hamilton, who started second on the grid ahead of the race, hit out at his Mercedes team after he pitted for the second time on lap 44 and put on the medium tyres.

The Silver Arrows gambled early and Red Bull waited before bringing Verstappen in for a second time. The Dutchman was put on hard tyre compounds so he could last until the end of the race.

A few laps later Hamilton started having doubts over whether he would make the chequered flag without stopping for a third time.

“Doesn’t seem to be an advantage,” Hamilton said over the team radio. “Called our bluff too soon.”

A lap later he then questioned the strategy, saying: “There was still so much life left in that last tyre, I don’t know why you rushed it.”

And his complaints got more concerning on lap 48 when he exclaimed: “I’m not going to make it to the end on these tyres.”

Hamilton continued to plug away and but his hope was fading as he fell further behind.

“They’re just so fast, man,” Hamilton said. “Killing my tyres to keep up.”

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