Wolff apologises to Hamilton for pit error

By on Sunday, May 24, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has apologised to Lewis Hamilton after a controversial decision to pit the World Champion during the closing stages of the Monaco Grand Prix.

Hamilton had led throughout and held a 20 second advantage over team-mate Nico Rosberg when the Safety Car was deployed following Max Verstappen's accident.

Mercedes opted to pit Hamilton for fresh tyres but a time misjudgement handed the lead to Rosberg, while Hamilton emerged from the pits in third position.

While Rosberg went on to claim a third successive victory in Monaco, long-time race leader Hamilton was left down in third.

"We've lost Lewis the Grand Prix with the mistake," Wolff told Sky Sports F1.

"We thought the gap was a different one that it actually was, then he made a call and said the tyre temperature has dropped and there is no grip anymore.

"[It was] a complete misjudgement, we shouldn't have had the overview. I'm just so sorry, it was a win for Lewis to be taken home, an easy run, and we screwed it up for him.

"There is nothing else to do than to apologise, apologise and apologise."

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