Lewis Hamilton believes he might have received the French Grand Prix had he switched to a two-stop technique as race winner Max Verstappen did.
The Mercedes driver led the early phases of the race, however dropped behind Verstappen when the Purple Bull driver took his first pit cease earlier than Hamilton got here in. Verstappen made a second cease later within the race, and Hamilton regained the lead by staying out, however was handed by the Purple Bull on the penultimate lap.
He believes they may have crushed Purple Bull had they thought of a two-stop technique, however stated they’d dedicated to creating only one.
“A two cease would have probably carried out the job, however it was not on the playing cards in any respect for us,” stated Hamilton. “So we’ll do some evaluation and attempt to determine why.”
Regardless of seeing Verstappen enhance his lead within the championship to 12 factors, Hamilton was phlegmatic about his defeat.
“I feel we did an excellent job at the moment and it simply didn’t work out,” he stated. “So I’m not massively dissatisfied. I feel I did the most effective job I might at the moment.
“After all there have been issues that we might in all probability have carried out barely higher. However general, they’ve been faster than us all weekend. So it’s a real reflection of the tempo they’ve.”
Verstappen handed Hamilton on the method to the Mistral chicane on the penultimate lap. Hamilton stated there was no level making an attempt to defend exhausting in opposition to a considerably faster automobile on worn tyres, and identified Valtteri Bottas had additionally been unable to maintain the Purple Bull behind.
“Firstly, there’s marbles on the within, so I don’t need to make my tyres any worse than they already had been. He had the DRS open and if he didn’t move me there, he would have handed me the straight afterwards. So it made zero distinction.
“I simply had no entrance finish so he would have handed me both approach. So it was pointless to defend any more durable. I feel you noticed what occurred to Valtteri, he ended up going straight on so there was no level messing up the tyres any extra.”
Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and