Formula 1 is a team sport where team commands are something that is quite commonplace, but the Mercedes team may have gone a little too far in the race for the Singapore GP.
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In the silver arrow camp, Bottas was first called to the box, while Hamilton, with a poor rhythm with worn tires, continued down the track. Soon Mercedes found out that hope was over and they called Hamilton for a stop. Calculations showed Hamilton would return as a teammate after stopping, and Mercedes had to take action.
Mercedes Strategy Chief James Vowles rejoined the story, instructing Bottas to take lap 1 time: . 8, which was almost three seconds slower than Finch's rhythm with fresh tires at the time. Bottas strictly followed the instructions of the team this time, and Hamilton returned just before his team mate, while keeping Alexandra Albon behind.
Of course, Mercedes' strategy is understandable and in line with regulations, but on the other hand we have to ask ourselves whether such interventions pursue the interests of the sport. Formula 1 is an elite motorsport class where racers should race at full throttle rather than hike the brake with impunity and slow down by a full three seconds.
Team commands are an integral part of Formula One, but has Mercedes gone a bit too far in Singapore? A question that re-opens the possibility of discontinuing radio links between racers and their engineers…