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F1: Hamilton Speaks Out On Mercedes In-race Communication Errors

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes is working to improve in-race communications with its drivers on the back of two frustrating Formula 1 races in Melbourne and Bahrain.

Hamilton lost the Australian Grand Prix due to a miscalculation on how much of a gap he needed to have to catch Sebastian Vettel, and in Bahrain he felt he was in “no man’s land” as he tried to comprehend what was happening in the race, and how hard he had to push at a given time.

Matters were complicated by Mercedes assuming that Vettel would stop a second time before coming to realise that he might not, and also by problems with Hamilton’s radio, which meant his team could not always hear what he was saying.

“I didn’t have that information, so there was lots of driving around in no man’s land for a while. But that’s just something we need to work on.

“The radio wasn’t working properly, and in the heat of the moment it’s difficult to know what information you need to give.

“They couldn’t hear me. I could hear them, but they were always coming back saying ‘I can’t hear you’.”

Hamilton said the team would be reviewing his communications with engineer Peter Bonnington, while stressing how busy races can be for the guys in the hot seats on the pit wall.

“We’re going to sit down and discuss the last two races,” he said.


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