Mercedes’ three-stop strategy failed, defending world champion Lewis Hamilton could not hide his frustration and complaining via radio following his final stop that the hard tyres fitted to his car were the wrong option.
Finally, he finished nearly nine seconds down on Vettel but he worries a different strategy would have made a huge difference given Vettel and Ferrari’s pace.
Mercedes non-executive Chairman Niki Lauda suspired by the pace of Italian squad, who won two drivers’ championships for Ferrari in 1975 and 1977
“What did I always say about Ferrari? Just wait. I was surprised by the pace of the Ferrari at the end but Vettel did an incredible job. “Lauda said
“They were unbeatable. They had the right pit stop strategy and Vettel’s speed was outstanding.”
On Mercedes’ performance: “We have to analyse whole thing. I don’t think we could have won race even with the Ferrari strategy. The Ferrari car was quicker and better. We have to take our hat off to them.”
Are Ferrari genuine title contenders? “It looks like it now – but let’s wait for Chinese Grand Prix.”