After a red-flag period, Mercedes opted to keep Hamilton on intermediate tyres for the restart whilst the rest of the field ducked into the pits for slicks, dictating the British driver would drop to last when he made his switch to medium tyres.
During the comeback charge to third, team principal Wolff took to the team radio to tell Hamilton: "Lewis, you can win this!"
Asked about Wolff's rare radio message, Hamilton said with a smile: "He’s got a great heart, Toto, but with all due respect, when I got the call, I was like, I want whatever they’re smoking at the end of this race.".
Turning to race-winner Esteban Ocon, who sat alongside him in the post-race FIA press conference, he added: "Because you guys were so far ahead, and I had to make another pit stop at the same time, I was like, impossible to catch you guys."
When Ocon, who was formerly part of the Mercedes junior programme, said "He believes in you, man.," Hamilton replied: "For sure.
"When you’re out there it can definitely seem lonely at some stages, you know, and sometimes you’ve got such tunnel vision that it’s like 10 laps, it’s like a light year.
"It’s just so much time has gone by in that period of time, it feels like you’re travelling through time, it’s a very, very strange experience and then you forget that people are on the other line, so it’s nice to be reminded that they’re there."
What do you think?
So a thought provoking afternoon in the Grass Hopper for Lewis & Toto.
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