Lewis Hamilton got here near becoming a member of his staff mate in switching to slicks tyres for his ultimate run in Q3.
The transfer backfired for George Russell, who spun right into a barrier as he started his first lap. Hamilton, who caught along with his intermediate tyres, took fourth on the grid, his finest qualifying place of the 12 months to this point.
He stated switching to slicks was “positively a consideration” for the ultimate run in Q3. “It was drying fairly fast and there was positively some factors on the monitor which had been trying to be dry.
“However for me it felt too massive of a big gamble particularly with the temperature. So we determined to remain on inters. Naturally I feel it was the precise approach. I feel it nonetheless wanted one other 10 minutes or so earlier than it went to slicks.”
Hamilton’s choice may additionally have been influenced by the totally different wing angles on the 2 Mercedes. He’s working a thinner rear wing on his automobile, producing much less downforce, and would have discovered it more durable to get the slicks as much as the right temperature.
Though Russell’s gamble on slicks didn’t repay, Mercedes staff principal Toto Wolff had no downside along with his ways.
“I feel at the moment we aren’t within the championship battle,” stated Wolff. “I feel if we might have given Lewis a greater technique with a cool-down lap, we might have been additional forward and I feel George would have been most likely in an equal place.
“However that is the second the place you may take dangers and I’m up for dangers. I’m up for ballsy calls. That is what he did and it may have been a hero second. It wasn’t, however I feel you’ve obtained to go for it when you find yourself the place we’re.”
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Hamilton and Russell’s radio messages from the tip of Q3
Hamilton was the primary of the 2 drivers to pit. Though he opted for intermediates, he twice advised switching to slicks:
|Bonnington||Okay so, field, field, field, field. So we’ll go for brand spanking new inter. We’ll go for one more inter. Tell us if you happen to want a flap adust.|
|Bonnington||So tell us on flap.|
|Hamilton||I simply don’t know whether or not it’s going to be, it’s going to be faster or not.|
|Hamilton||Am I coming inside or?|
|Bonnington||Nope. We’re going to be stay pit cease. We’re going to go for brand spanking new inter.|
|Hamilton||We should always go for slicks, no?|
|Bonnington||So your all clear exit.|
|Bonnington||We do have slicks obtainable. We do have slicks obtainable.|
|Bonnington||So Verstappen leaving the pit lane now on inter, interfor Verstappen. We’re in strat mode 16 in the mean time.|
|Hamilton||Yeah it’s not slicks but.|
|Bonnington||Okay copy. Go strat mode 4.|
|Hamilton||How’s my tempo?|
|Bonnington||So we’re presently P6 [unclear] to Verstappen. All vehicles presently on inter tyres.|
Russell got here in later, and was initially informed Max Verstappen was contemplating switching to slicks. He didn’t, and Russell was the one driver to enterprise out on slick tyres.
|Musconi||So strat one, over the road. Field, field, field. Laborious in-lap.|
|Musconi||Okay. George, tell us if you would like new inters or if you wish to strive the dries. At present P5.|
|Musconi||So Verstappen has gone to new inters. Lewis new inters. Verstappen is simply altering his thoughts to slicks.|
|Musconi||Copy that, slicks. So Verstappen has gone to inters. Verstappen new inters.|
|Russell||What So place are we? presently you’re nonetheless P5.|
|Musconi||Everybody has gone for brand spanking new inters, everybody has gone for brand spanking new inters.|
|Musconi||Field, field, field.|
|Russell||What number of laps are we going to get?|
|Musconi||going to get two You’re laps. Going to get two laps.|
|Russell||Go for it, give us a gentle.|
|Musconi||So please verify tyres.|
|Russell||Get the slicks on.|
|Musconi||Slicks, okay slicks.|
|Musconi||So now we have time. And straight out. Blue 14 place one. So all clear forward and also you’re going to get two laps. So sector one is the worst.|
|Musconi||Blue 14 place one.|
|Musconi||So nonetheless a really moist apex of flip one on the kerb. So that you’ve obtained Magnussen on a lap at six seconds, he’s pushing.|
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