A poor decision from the Mercedes F1 team at the Monaco Grand Prix lead Lewis Hamilton to throw away his easy lead for a third place position.
It’s not often you’ll hear claims that someone was robbed of their victory in motorsport. But in this instance it’s appropriate. Lewis Hamilton absolutely had the Monaco Grand Prix all sewn up and was strolling happily towards another victory and his second consecutive F1 world championship. However, a young Max Verstappen of the Red Bull Torro Rosso team sparked a safety car with around 15 laps to go causing absolute chaos through the field. While most teams elected to keep their drivers out on track, the Mercedes team chose to pit Lewis Hamilton for new tyres, presumably thinking they could stretch his lead even further. However it didn’t unfold that way at all. Instead Lewis left the pits and rejoined the pack behind both his teammate Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel in third position.
It was a pure miscalculation and a utterly poor decision by the Mercedes team to pit Hamilton who could have easily made it to the end of the race on his second set of tyres. Monaco is a notoriously difficult track to overtake on, so for the final ten laps Hamilton remained in third position and had to fend off a quick Daniel Ricciardo in fourth.
The podium was quite a sombre one as you’d expect – Lewis obviously upset by the team’s poor decision which allowed his main championship rival and teammate Nico Rosberg to take an easy victory. The only driver that seemed happy was Ferrari’s Vettel (P2) who managed to gain a position without any real work.