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Mercedes: Two-stopping Hamilton was “50-50 call”

Mercedes’ decision to two-stop Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton during the Japanese Grand Prix was a “50-50 call”, according to team boss Toto Wolff. Hamilton ran third for much of Sunday’s race but looked like he could be well placed to challenge for victory had he completed a one-stop strategy, with long-time leader Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel both two-stopping. But Mercedes opted to two-stop both of its drivers due to concerns over tyre degradation, meaning that Hamilton conceded track position to his teammate and Vettel after making his second stop later on. Despite a late attack on Vettel while running on fresher Soft tyres, Hamilton was left...
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