Hamilton, who made vital improvement in second half of the race and close the gap between Rosberg, and stayed out for a longer second stint (10 laps longer than Nico), in an attempt to a finish with single stop strategy.
Finally, the Brit took yellow wall soft tyres for short-stint -– and can’t catch ten second privileged Nico — On other side, late stopper Sebastian Vettel took super-soft, a move that allowed him to slide his way past two competitors
Following the race Mercedes F1 team boss Toto Wolff answer to Sky F1 about Lewis’ pit-stop strategy.
Nico came back so strong at the end of the season. Was the cap throwing incident some kind of spark for him? Have you seen him harden up?
“I don’t know. Certainly it has ignited something and he has driven superbly, but Lewis won the championship and this is all that matters for a driver, so whether his stress level has reduced on an unconscious level and we need to give it a thought over the winter.”
Did Lewis choice the strategy during the race?
“Yes we took your criticism on board last time and we gave him all the options this race and the tyre to choice. But it was just really difficult, Nico was the quicker guy today and he was a little bit too far up the road and he couldn’t manage that. Finally he opted for the harder tyre because it was a bit too long to go for the option.”