You may have heard Lewis Hamilton’s laments on the radio to his Mercedes team for bringing him in for fresh intermediate tyres in the Turkish Grand Prix with just eight laps to go.
Realising it had dropped him two positions, he was initially scathing, saying, “You shouldn’t have brought me in. I told you.”
He later accepted that the decision had been the correct one and that the right-rear tyre would probably not have lasted the remaining eight laps. The team had originally instructed him to pit on lap 41 but he’d argued to stay out on the track then. At that point, it was a gamble worth making, for if the worn intermediates could hang on until the end of the race, he’d likely have been third and might even have been able to have then taken a later gamble for slicks if the track dried enough, which potentially could have given him first place.