Lewis Hamilton fumes on Mercedes team radio during Monaco GP – ‘What has just happened?’

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Lewis Hamilton was left furious on the Mercedes team radio after a disastrous pitstop window for the Brit around the iconic circuit on lap 33 of 78.

Mercedes had a horrible few laps as Hamilton came in for his pit stop, switching to the hard tyres to take him to the end of the race, before a wheel nut problem for Valtteri Bottas ruled him out of the race.

It was the latest dramatic occurrence in an action-packed Monaco Grand Prix, as pole-sitter Charles Leclerc was ruled out of the race before he even took his place on the grid.

Hamilton was the first of the Mercedes to come in as the team attempted to undercut the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly, however it didn’t work and the Frenchman emerged in front of the seven-time world champion.

“How am I still behind him [Gasly], man? Come on,” complained an angry Hamilton on the radio.

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“I don’t understand guys, I saved the tyres to go longer, you made me stop before everyone.”

Hamilton remained tucked up right behind Gasly, but then, to add salt to the wound, Sebastian Vettel in the Aston Martin came into the pits and somehow emerged overcutting them both, leaving Hamilton furious on the radio.

He added: “What has just happened guys? I have just lost two places.”

Martin Brundle on Sky F1 explained of the situation: “Basically what happened was Pierre Gasly in-lap on his old tyres was better than Lewis Hamilton’s out lap on soft tyres.

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“To cap it all, Aston Martin did make the longer stint work. That is why Lewis Hamilton is livid.”

Bottas, Hamilton’s team-mate then endured an awful dose of Monte Carlo misfortune when a routine pit stop went badly wrong and ruled the Finn out of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Bottas, who was pushing Max Verstappen at the front of the field during the race, looked in good shape for a strong race finish in the principality, but a solid start turned into an abrupt ending when the Finn pulled into pit lane for a routine pit stop on lap 33.

Disaster struck Bottas’ hopes when his right front tyre could not be removed by the pit crew who, despite repeated attempts to unscrew the wheel nut with the wheel gun, could not remove the worn right-front tyre.

It ended Bottas’ chances of success in the race as his Mercedes was subsequently retired from the Grand Prix.

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