Lewis Hamilton finished fourth at the Singapore GP, losing out to Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel.
From the beginning, Hamilton expected to win the Night Race or to finish second behind the leader just to be on the podium at least, but to be out of the podium, that was another story to be discussed with the team members after the race as it was shown on a post of Mercedes in Twitter that Hamilton was super angry.
Hamilton: "It’s on each one of us to do a better job. I believe we’re the best team, but we’ve got to push on."
“We’ll debrief tonight, put our heads back in the scrum, and then come back fighting at the next race,” he added.
However, Ferrari has made a magical strategy with high downforce updates on their cars at the most challenging track for cars and drivers themselves in the F1 calendar, Binotto succeded to make a historic front-row lock for Ferrari at Singapore for the first time ever.
According to RaceFans: After the race, Hamilton said they could have won it “easily” if they had pitted at that point. The team’s trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin admitted they had squandered the chance.
“We missed an open goal today by not taking the undercut on lap 19,” said Shovlin.
“We had talked about it but didn’t really react quickly enough to how fast Charles’ tyres were dropping. We decided to call Valtteri [Bottas] to do the opposite to Verstappen on the lap that mattered.
“Obviously we should have made that call with Lewis, and made it late enough that they would not be able to react. That was our opportunity to win and it’s upsetting when you let something like that slip through your fingers.”
Hamilton wasn't satisfied as he believed that "Mercedes was defeated painfully" saying that his team should have brought him in for his stop earlier so he could benefit from the ‘undercut’ by getting on fresher tires earlier.
“I knew that we should have undercut,” said Hamilton. “I kind of knew it this morning as well in the brief. I was like ‘let’s just take the risk’. But they didn’t.”
“But we win and lose together as a team so we will take this on or chin,” he added. “It’s painful for us because we could have easily won today.” he added.
The Brit is on the path to his sixth Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship title, taking him to within just one of Michael Schumacher’s record. He is currently running away with the world championship, having won eight races so far this season. With six races of the season remaining, Hamilton currently has 296 points.