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Strategic Masterstroke: Mercedes and Hamilton’s Winning Formula at the British Grand Prix

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Mercedes unveils strategies behind Lewis Hamilton's British GP Triumph

Toto Wolff details the crucial strategic decision that led to Lewis Hamilton's win at the British Grand Prix.

Mercedes has detailed how their decision to switch to soft tires for the last leg of the race was crucial in securing Lewis Hamilton's win at the F1 British Grand Prix.

The seven-time global champion secured an unprecedented ninth victory at the British Grand Prix in an exciting race that transitioned from wet to dry conditions at Silverstone, after overtaking McLaren's Lando Norris and then successfully fending off the current world championship frontrunner, Max Verstappen.

The pivotal point in the competition occurred when Mercedes made a strategic move to have Hamilton change to dry tires after a period of rainfall. This allowed Hamilton to gain a lead over Norris, who lost time by missing his position in the McLaren pit stop the following lap.

Hamilton successfully resisted a strong challenge from his 2021 championship adversary Verstappen during the final four laps, effectively managing his tyres and maintaining a sufficient lead to secure his first Formula 1 win in nearly three years.

"Toto Wolff, the principal of the Mercedes team, highlighted the necessity for a change in strategy, emphasizing its simplicity, following Hamilton's victory, his first since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix."

Initially, we doubted that choosing the hard tyre was the correct decision. Looking back, it seems that the best strategy would have likely been to prioritize the medium, then hard, and finally the soft tyres for optimal speed.

"However, we managed to secure the win towards the end. I believe our tire degradation was better than the McLarens', and that's what clinched the victory for us."

In response to whether Hamilton had decided on the soft tires, Wolff stated, "I believe the dialogue with the driver was excellent today, ensuring constant open communication."

"Within our group, we continuously debated the advantages and disadvantages, keeping an eye on any shortcomings while our strategy indicated that the time for action had arrived. And indeed, it was the right call, the ideal moment for a pit stop."

Norris acknowledged that he and McLaren had missed out on a potential victory due to two misguided strategic decisions.

"We're failing to make the correct choices, yet I also hold myself responsible for not choosing wisely in some instances. It's something I despise. Ending up in this situation and offering excuses for not performing adequately is something I truly regret."

"Numerous aspects were progressing favorably, but we squandered our opportunity during the last pit stop. It came down to a single lap, yet I believe it wasn't just about that lap.

"I believe that even if I had executed a flawless lap, opting for the soft tires was a mistake, and I feel Lewis would have emerged victorious regardless. Two decisions we made today were detrimental, which is particularly disheartening given the circumstances."

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