When it came to pitting behind the Safety Car at the Miami Grand Prix, Toto Wolff believes Lewis Hamilton was caught between a “rock and a hard place.”
The team chief, on the other hand, did not respond to the driver’s assertion that Mercedes should make those decisions rather than leaving it to him.
When the Safety Car came out for Lando Norris’ incident at the Miami International Autodrome, Hamilton and Mercedes had to decide whether or not to pit for fresh tyres.
When asked about the question, Hamilton told the team that they should make the strategy decisions, not him.
“In that scenario I have no clue where everyone is, so when the team say it’s your choice I don’t have the information to make the decision,” he said.
“That’s what your job is, make the decision for me – you’ve got all the details, I don’t.
“That’s what you rely on the guys for but today they gave it to me and I don’t understand it, but anyways.”
Wolff says it was “50-50” whether to pit Hamilton or not.
“I think he was between a rock and a hard place because the Safety Car clearly came out in a situation that wasn’t favourable for him and was favourable for George in the back,” Wolff said as per GPFans.
“George had a window with no one behind him. He was able to switch on a practically new medium and Lewis had to decide ‘Do I keep the position on a hard or do I go on a soft?’.
“That would have also been tricky so that was probably a 50-50 decision and in the end, it didn’t work out for him.
“It is not the first time this season that he has been unlucky with the Safety Car.”