user icon

Mercedes didn't factor Gasly when making call for Hamilton's late pit stop

  • Published on 19 Nov 2019 13:29
  • comments 3
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Mercedes has admitted that it never factored in Pierre Gasly when it made the decision to pit Lewis Hamilton towards the end of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Following a collision between both Ferrari drivers, Hamilton was called in for his third pit stop of the day, which dropped him from second to fourth with two laps left to race.

Mercedes believed that it would only lose one place to Alexander Albon, however Hamilton also ended up behind Pierre Gasly.

Mercedes' technical director James Allison called the decision "plain dumb" as Hamilton was forced to challenge three cars in order to take the race win.

"Having not had the shiniest of races up to that point, we then just did something plain dumb, which was we thought we were exchanging a place for fresh rubber with enough laps left to get that place back properly and then have a go for the lead," said Allison.

"That was just factually incorrect because we were exchanging two places - we hadn't factored Gasly - and secondly with the amount of debris on the track, there was just a lot more laps taken up by the safety car than we'd anticipated.

"And that was just your rookie error of a not quite quick enough car on the day and trying to stretch too far for a victory. It wasn't on, we just made a mistake."

Hamilton made his way past Gasly rapidly, however when overtaking Alexander Albon, he made contact with the Red Bull driver.

The six-time world champion received a five-second time penalty for the clash which dropped him down to seventh place, promoting Pierre Gasly and Carlos Sainz to second and third respectively. 

MOREGasly emotional over 'amazing' Brazil podiumSainz in shock over 'weird' but 'special' first podium

'Mercedes to blame for mistake, not Hamilton'

Allison affirmed that the mistake was purely down to the decisions made on the Mercedes pit wall, and Hamilton had no part to play in the outcome. 

"This was entirely our fault because we saw what we thought was a fleeting opportunity," Allison said. "It was not at all clear to us that it was the right thing to do, but there was a possibility.

"We thought, 'well, let's let's give Lewis a chance to give his view', which we shouldn't have done because honestly, we didn't give him the right information.

"We said one place and it was two and secondly, we should have just made the call ourselves. So he 'ummed and ahhed' for a second or two before diving in the pits, because he likes racing. But that was our mistake.

"From the moment that we made the call, it was like a heart sink moment after he emerged from the box behind Gasly and then we just were thinking 'why did we do that?' So, it wasn't good."

Replies (3)

Login to reply
  • Gasly wasn't promoted, he got P2 on his own, with a margin of literal meters.

    This race was at times incredibly weird, strategically speaking. They didn't factor in Gasly, as in a driver right ahead of them? Surely they figured he'd be overtaken with ease, but even then, didn't take into consideration at all? The move baffled me to begin with, and does so even more now.

    • + 0
    • Nov 19 2019 - 19:32
  • Don't get it. Gasly overtook Hamilton when he collided with Albon. This had nothing to do with the pitsstop, so Hamilton is still to blame for losing that position.

    • + 0
    • Nov 20 2019 - 07:55
    • JuJuHound

      Posts: 352

      Hammy went out from the pit behind Albon and Gasly. The strategists thought they will lose one place not two - he lost two.

      It was a schoolboy mistake. In fact he was lucky not to lose more places.

      • + 0
      • Nov 20 2019 - 12:18

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2021

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Mercedes
  • Points 2,680
  • Podiums 112
  • Grand Prix 140
  • Country GB
  • Date of b. Jan 7 1985 (37)
  • Place of b. Tewin, GB
  • Weight 68 kg
  • Length 1.74 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
26 - Mar 28 2021
Bahrain
16 - Apr 18 2021
Italy
30 - May 2 2021
Portugal
7 - May 9 2021
Spain
20 - May 23 2021
Monaco
4 - Jun 6 2021
Azerbaijan
18 - Jun 20 2021
France
25 - Jun 27 2021
Austria
2 - Jul 4 2021
Austria
16 - Jul 18 2021
United Kingdom
30 - Aug 1 2021
Hungary
27 - Aug 29 2021
Belgium
3 - Sep 5 2021
Netherlands
10 - Sep 12 2021
Italy
24 - Sep 26 2021
Russian
8 - Oct 10 2021
Japan
8 - Oct 10 2021
Turkey
22 - Oct 24 2021
United States of America
5 - Nov 7 2021
Mexico
12 - Nov 14 2021
Brazil
19 - Nov 21 2021
Qatar
3 - Dec 5 2021
Saudi Arabia
10 - Dec 12 2021
United Arab Emirates
-
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - Mar 28 2021
16 - Apr 18 2021
30 - May 2 2021
7 - May 9 2021
20 - May 23 2021
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - Jun 6 2021
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
18 - Jun 20 2021
France Paul Ricard
25 - Jun 27 2021
Austria Red Bull Ring
2 - Jul 4 2021
Austria Red Bull Ring
16 - Jul 18 2021
United Kingdom Silverstone
30 - Aug 1 2021
Hungary Hungaroring
27 - Aug 29 2021
3 - Sep 5 2021
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
10 - Sep 12 2021
Italy Monza
24 - Sep 26 2021
Russian Sochi Autodrom
8 - Oct 10 2021
8 - Oct 10 2021
Turkey Istanbul Park
22 - Oct 24 2021
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
5 - Nov 7 2021
12 - Nov 14 2021
Brazil Interlagos
19 - Nov 21 2021
3 - Dec 5 2021
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - Dec 12 2021
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
-
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar