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Mercedes believes Ocon’s pace justified Hamilton’s pit stop

Formula One – Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, Turkish GP 2021. Lewis Hamilton. Credits: Daimler.

Mercedes thinks that Esteban Ocon’s late pace during the Turkish Grand Prix supports the decision to pit Lewis Hamilton.

Why it matters: Hamilton was running in third place before he pitted and dropped two places during the stop.


  • Both Ocon and Hamilton were attempting a zero-stop strategy.
  • Ocon completed the strategy and displayed very slow pace towards the end of the race.
  • Mercedes is adamant that their call was the right one after observing the poor pace of the Alpine.

What Shovlin said:

  • “If you look at Esteban, he got overtaken by Lance [Stroll] about five or six laps from the end, and he finished 17 seconds behind him. That’s how quickly you fall off. That’s what is in our mind, it’s not just if we can keep going at this pace.”
  • “Esteban lost a further two seconds in that short run to the finish, and that’s where it goes wrong.”
  • “We’ll go through it and check, but we’re fairly certain we would have lost those two places, if not been at risk from more.”
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