Post by Mower Man
That was really odd bit of Merc strategy.
Read Mark Hughes assessment. It's good.
That is a good assessment. Thanks for informing us.
Interesting how he tricked his team mate and his team.
'Hamilton had a plan. The Mercedes team had a plan. But
they weren’t the same plan.' ---
'But Hamilton’s plan wasn’t just to try to do one stop less than
Bottas. He’d decided he was going to run fast right from the start.
“We were supposed to save the tyres at the start,” he related.
“But I went flat out. Because I had the best long run on Friday.
So risked it all, took them by surprise.” And forced Bottas into
using his tyres even harder.' ----
'As DRS was enabled on the third lap, Hamilton began giving
Bottas an even harder time. Inside the car, Bottas was surprised
by Hamilton’s early pace. It went against the pre-race discussion
that morning. Defending into Stowe put Bottas on a compromised line
on the run up to Vale – and he had to defend even harder there.---
Near the end,
'Hamilton was instructed just to nurse it home for the victory.
But this was Hamilton at the British Grand Prix. Instead, he asked
for the engine mode with which to have a go at the fastest lap point.
On 31-lap-old hards with a suspected blister? Surely not. He got
the modes, he let rip on the very last lap ----'