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Mercedes: Hamilton two-stopper at Suzuka decided by tyre wear

Mercedes says its disputed decision to pit Lewis Hamilton a second time in last weekend's Japanese Grand Prix was justified by the Briton's level of tyre wear at the end of his second stint. Hamilton questioned Mercedes' strategy at Suzuka, suggesting that a one-stopper could have allowed him to overhaul both Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and race winner Valtteri Bottas. Instead, Hamilton was put on the same two-stop strategy as his teammate, albeit with a longer first stint initially destined to help him catch and pass Vettel. Wolff: Hamilton annoyance with strategy call 'completely normal' Many believed Mercedes had decided not to risk a one-stop strategy for Hamilton as it would have been...
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