The Pit Stop That Shocked The World
Whoops. It was the pit stop that changed the entire dynamic of the GP. With only 10 laps to go, Hamilton makes an unscheduled pit stop under the safety car with a 23 second lead, for seemingly no good reason, essentially gifting Nico Rosberg his third consecutive Monaco victory, with Nico becoming only the fourth driver ever to pull off a hat-trick on the streets. It cost Hamilton 10 points, with him finishing 3rd behind Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, with Lewis himself declaring Vettel “impossible” to pass, despite the new set of Super Soft tyres he was using.
Mercedes effectively crapped the bed on this one. A technical glitch had told Hamilton that Rosberg had pitted, when he actually hadn’t, and with Hamilton thinking his tyres were losing temperature, he pitted for a fresh set, even though the team had advised him not too, according to Lewis himself who said: “I saw a screen and thought I saw Nico had pitted, the team told me stay out. I said the tyres were bad and wanted to pit…”. Now if that isn’t Lewis admitting at least partial responsibility for what happened, then I don’t know what is.
Mercedes were more than willing to take the rap on Twitter for it, almost unfairly because no-one held a gun to Hamilton’s head and forced him to pit now did they? It was a collective mistake from the team and from Lewis himself, because after all, this is the Internet, and it needs someone to blame. My first thought this morning was: “Shit, we all need to calm the hell down, given this was a mistake that cost Mercedes a grand total of… 3 points.”
A Mercedes driver still won, and it was only a 1-3 as opposed to a 1-2. I would say I’d have made a bigger deal out of this if it weren’t for Vettel being unable to catch Rosberg on the undercut and costing the team a win, but let’s be real here, we’re only going mad here because Lewis Hamilton was the victim. If the roles were reversed, I suspect the much more prominent Hamilton fan base would be too busy going mad at how lucky they were to get gifted a win at Rosberg’s best track.
Lewis Hamilton was very unlucky yesterday. No-one’s arguing that. The team made a minor mistake. But this is the Internet. And anyone who was criticising Nico Rosberg for winning lucky, missed the point, and are idiotic. It’s not his fault that the team made a mistake. Don’t take your frustration out on him, just because he benefitted. I applaud the class that Nico showed after celebrating his win, and the relative good grace that Hamilton (eventually) showed, because he’s be real here, he was going to leave the car outside the tunnel and probably