Lewis Hamilton has claimed "too much" was made of his Turkish Grand Prix radio outbursts and that "it isn't true" he was furious with Mercedes.
Hamilton and Mercedes worked together perfectly in Russia to pit at the correct moment for intermediate tyres and take victory, with the result being his 100th win in F1.
After starting 11th following an engine penalty, Hamilton nursed a pair of intermediate tyres through to late in the race but ignored calls from his team to make a pit stop, instead continuing until lap 50 or 58.
The decision to stop dropped Hamilton from third to fifth, although both Hamilton and Mercedes have since conceded this was also likely the best outcome had he been allowed to continue circulating.
Addressing the media directly on Instagram, Hamilton defended his 'passion' and wrote: "I've seen some of the press this morning which has made a bit too much of the incident in yesterday's race of when to pit.
"It isn't true to say I'm furious with my team.
"As a team, we work hard to build the best strategy possible but as the race progresses you have to make split decisions [and] there are so many factors constantly changing.
"Yesterday we took the risk to stay out hoping it would dry, it didn't. I wanted to risk it and try to go to the end, but it was my call to stay out and it didn't work.
"In the end we did pit and it was the safest thing to do. We live and learn. We win and lose as a team."
Hamilton unapologetic for his passion
Hamilton is statistically the greatest driver to have raced in F1 and as such, his on-track opinion carries significant weight.
"Don't ever expect me to be all polite and calm on the radio when I'm racing," Hamilton added.
"We are all very passionate and in the heat of the moment that passion can come out, as it does for all drivers.
"My heart and spirit are out there on the track, it's the fire in me that got me this far but any angst is quickly forgotten and we talked it through, already looking ahead to the next race.
"Today's another day to rise and as a team."
What do you think?
I find that the press makes too much of what Hamilton says or does when compared to other drivers. After all he is only human and as he said you can't expect him to be always polite and calm when racing his heart out at such speeds on track. When the adrenalin cools down after a race, they will sit down and work out the best approach going forward. Having said that, Mercedes should have insisted he pit just after Perez or at worse on the same lap as Bottas. They thought the track would be dry enough for slicks with 10 or so laps to go but it didn't. You win some, you lose some. On to the next!
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