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Not pitting Hamilton late "a mistake that almost cost us dearly" - Mercedes

Mercedes has admitted leaving Lewis Hamilton out after Max Verstappen's late pit-stop in the British Grand Prix was a strategic mistake that almost cost them the race. Following a puncture for Valtteri Bottas on lap 51, Red Bull immediately pitted Max Verstappen for fresh rubber to score the extra point for the fastest lap, knowing it was also guaranteed second place. Article continues under video That extended Hamilton's advantage in front to over half a minute, leading to the team opting to keep him on track, only for the Briton's front-left tyre to also suffer delamination halfway through the final lap. With the threat of the charging Verstappen looming, Hamilton managed to push his...
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