Just_a_fan wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 22, 2021 10:46 am
Vasconia wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 22, 2021 10:00 am
PlatinumZealot wrote: ↑
Mon Jun 21, 2021 7:04 pm
I think Lewis should have pitted right after Max (assuming he missed the undercut anyway) and chased him to the end. Reason being that the Mercedes should have been better on its tyres so some sort of chance would have come up to pressurize Max into a(nother) mistake.
Yes, and he should have pitted before Bottas, just to make sure that he could avoid any chance of an undercut.
Bottas's stop was early because he'd locked up somewhere and they were concerned about vibration and the suspension, I believe. So unless they'd pulled Hamilton first and then Bottas, they were trapped.
I do not think so.
There were three faults which spoil a bit the discussion on tactics:
- Bot locking up
- Fault by Ham on the inlap? 2sec longer inlap...? Or simply unexpected power of the undercut?
- Bot running wide when protecting from Ves without reason.
Remove one of these and Ham would have won the race.
Now coming to the decision and why I think they were not trapped:
With Bot going into the pits too early and Ves following, there is no direct need to go to the pits for Ham. This of course means giving up track position, but with a similar tactics as Perez, Bot hunting Ves to kill his tires...Hamilton would have reached Ves with something like 10 laps to go as a sitting duck with chewed up tires.
This is simply based on two numbers: Ham had nearly 3tenth more pace before the stop than Per. And Per had 10sec gap to Ham before the stop and went into 10sec gap again with 10laps to go.
So even with a similar pace to Per this would have worked for Ham, but he was clearly faster in the first stint.