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Poor Pit stop cost Hamilton’s DNF in Valencia

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Another pit-stop error cost Lewis Hamilton podium chance, but the consequence was he can’t finish race due to the Brit crashed with Pastor Maldonado in penultimate lap.

Ex F1 team Principal Eddie Jordan thinks that McLaren shoulder some blame for Lewis Hamilton’s DNF as had it not been for a poor pit stop, he would have been further up the road.

“I believe the poor pit stop cost Lewis the race because he would have been clear of Fernando Alonso, and Pastor Maldonado would have not got anywhere near him to knock him out of the race,” said BBC pundit Eddie Jordan after the race.

McLaren duo Hamilton and Button have undergo from slow pit-stops this season, while Hamilton was demoted from pole to the back of the field in Spain following a fuelling error.

Telegraph reports that – While the team’s stops have undoubtedly got faster errors are still costing their drivers vital points. “Can somebody please tell me how Sam Michael still has a job at McLaren?” asked race fan Wes Howes on Twitter.

“I thought he was brought in to improve the team including pit stops.”

Michael said before the Valencia race he was confident McLaren had found a solution to the problems.

“Pit stops are definitely better,” he said. “What we’ve done is work a lot on equipment, and also the people. We brought a lot of things like retained wheel nuts, quick release jacks, a traffic light system, so really we’ve been on an upward curve on equipment to get it right. We’ve changed a lot of people around as well.

“We’ve been fixed now for the last three races. We think we can average here sub 3sec, which is better than any other team in the pit lane.”


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