Mercedes has confronted criticism for its strategic calls within the Mexico Metropolis GP, which in the end gave rivals Pink Bull and Max Verstappen the higher hand.
Lewis Hamilton confirmed encouraging tempo within the first stint of the race, matching Verstappen within the early phases because the Dutchman struggled with tyre degradation.
This promising begin quickly fell aside for Mercedes, because the staff determined to cease for arduous tyres – which had been shortly confirmed to be an uncompetitive compound for the W13.
Daniel Ricciardo was a type of to exhibit the longevity and potential of the mushy, alongside Sebastian Vettel, who managed over 30 laps in his with the purple tyre.
It can’t be mentioned that Hamilton was assured victory with a greater technique, as Pink Bull appeared too quick for the Silver Arrows whatever the tyre compound.
Regardless, Mercedes might be pissed off that they did not maximise their efficiency in Mexico Metropolis.
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Within the staff’s evaluation of the Mexican GP, as quoted by gpfans, technique director James Vowles defined how Nicholas Latifi’s knowledge performed a task in Mercedes’ decision-making.
This fairly odd element goes a way in highlighting the errors that prevented Mercedes from optimising their race final weekend:
“We had two selections, let Perez undercut us however go lengthy after which match the mushy tyes, or cease and – given the size of the stint – the arduous actually can be the one tyre that will have made it.
“The mushy wouldn’t have made that degree of [the] stint.
“We determined that observe place was extra essential at that stage and, moreover, we some had knowledge from Latifi, that had already stopped, and the arduous wasn’t horrible.
“So we opted to cease, put Lewis on the arduous tyre and go in the direction of the tip of the race below, the hope Verstappen – doubtlessly – was going to drop off…
“That, in hindsight, was the fallacious choice.”