Lewis Hamilton acknowledges that Mercedes made life “hard for ourselves” as they committed to a two-stop strategy early in the United States GP. Hamilton arrived on the Circuit of the America’s grid with a first opportunity to close out the Drivers’ Championship. It was not to be. He was challenged on the opening lap by Kimi Raikkonen, losing ground to the Ferrari driver, who he then dogged for nine laps before taking an early pit stop. That set Hamilton up for a two-stop race from which he could not recover, bringing his W09 home in third place. “I naturally thought we would have been able to do better, but this was the best we were able to do in the end,” he said. “I think, ultimately, I came out and had the pit window, it was very very close. “I made the stop and it was 12 seconds, it was way way too far to catch up. “I’m not sure how the strategy came out like that, and that’s always difficult because you only get a certain amount of life with a brand new tyre to make a difference, and once you make 12 seconds up, you have none left…. Read full this story
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