Jenson Button believes Lewis Hamilton was quite frustrated after the misunderstanding the seven-time champion had with his Mercedes squad about when to stop, or even whether to stop at the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix.
Button, who was Hamilton’s McLaren teammate for three seasons between 2010 and 2012, knows a thing or two about the Mercedes Ace, and being a former Formula One driver and world champion himself, he can shed some light on it. on the Hamilton pit stop problem in Turkey. .
Button was speaking to Sky Sports about the matter after the race and admits it wouldn’t have been easy.
“It’s really tricky and I’m sure Lewis was pretty frustrated after the race,” he said. “They told him about when he should have stung and he staked in the middle of when he shouldn’t have stung.
“If he had pitted earlier it would have been a good decision or if he hadn’t done refueling at all and the tires lasted until the end, it would have been a good decision.
“But it was right in the middle and that’s the area you don’t really want to be in,” Button insisted.
Comparing Hamilton’s situation during the race to that of Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, who finished the race with just one set of intermediate tires, despite losing a lot of time on the last lap, Button believes his former McLaren teammate would have managed to make it work.
“The car has a lot of downforce here and he handled the tire better than anyone,” predicted the 2009 champion.
Hamilton was clearly frustrated with the team radio when he found out how much ground he had lost after his possible pit stop, and Button had something to say about that as well.
“I think the most important thing for me is the information,” he said. “And I don’t think Lewis understood he was going to lose two positions with the pit stop.
“He looked pretty happy when they said pit. It didn’t seem like he knew he was going to lose a few places because afterwards he was quite frustrated, knowing that he was back in fifth place behind two cars he didn’t expect to see ” , explained the winner of the Grand Prix.
But Button feels that Hamilton still has everything to play for, as he is behind Max Verstappen by 6 points in the drivers’ standings, with 6 races to go this season.
“It’s still not a lot of points,” he said, and concluded: “If Lewis wins the next race, he’s probably leading the championship. “