Lewis Hamilton received an apology from Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff as an over-cautious strategy in Monaco Grand Prix effectively cost the British driver a fourth win of the season on Sunday.
MercedesWorld champion Hamilton was coasting to victory from pole but came in for soft tyres when the safety car was deployed following a high-speed collision involving Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean with 12 laps remaining.
When he came out of the pit, he found himself was third with teammate Nico Rosberg of Mercedes clinched the victory.
“(Hamilton) was in the media scrum after and I said to him ‘apologies’,” Wolff told reporters after the race. “We win and we lose together, we got it wrong … I’m sure he will understand, that sometimes we make mistakes.”
Rosberg joined Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Graham Hill in winning the Monaco GP in three consecutive years. German Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari finished second.
Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat came in fourth, ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, who nudged Ferarri’s Kimi Raikkonen out of the way in a controversial overtaking move with two laps remaining. Enditem

-Xinhua

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