World champion Lewis Hamilton charge back through the field was frustrated by an incorrect engine mod which prevented his Mercedes from operating at full power.
Hamilton’s trouble was in the mod settings on the steering wheel, but due to the radio ban Mercedes team were forbidden from informing the Briton how to resolve the issue.
“I might not finish this race as I’m going to try and change everything,” said a furious Hamilton as he fiddled with different buttons and knobs on his complex steering wheel. ”
“We do not advise that Lewis,” was the response from Peter Bonnington, Hamilton’s race engineer.
The Briton then asked: “Can I make suggestions and you say if it’s okay or not?”
“No, that’s not allowed”, was the reply. “Let’s just get our heads down and focus on the job.”
With nine laps remaining, Hamilton managed to resolve the issue.
“Thank f***, man, I got power back,” he said, but by then, with an impressive Perez well up the road, it was too late. And Hamilton, winner of the last two grands prix in Monaco and Canada, had to settle for a disappointing fifth.