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Hamilton explains why he questioned Mercedes in Russell battle

Lewis Hamilton has spoken about why he questioned Mercedes during his battle with teammate George Russell in Miami, adding that "we haven't taken a step forwards yet".

Lewis Hamilton says he questioned Mercedes' decision to offer him the option to pit behind a late Safety Car in the Miami Grand Prix as he had "no clue" where his rivals were on track. Hamilton was asked by his team whether he would like to pit for fresh tyres with 15 laps to go after once again being punished by a badly-timed Safety Car. The seven-time World Champion returned with a frosty response, telling his team that it was on them to make the call. Hamilton then opted to stay out on his used Hard tyres, with teammate George Russell, who benefitted massively from the Safety Car to finish fifth, able to pass him with ease on fresher Mediums.

Hamilton admits he did not understand Mercedes' decision

"We got good points as a team today, so we'll take them and move on," said Hamilton, speaking to Sky Sports F1 post-race. Discussing his team radio message, he continued: "In that [Safety Car] scenario, I have no clue where everyone is, so when the team say, 'It's your choice', I'm like, 'I don't have the information to make the decision, that's what your job is'. "They gave it (the decision) to me, and I don't understand it, but [it was] just a bit unfortunate." Despite their impressive performances during practice in Miami, and despite scoring healthy points, Hamilton says Mercedes have made no progress. He added: "We got points today, we're finishing, so reliability is good. I am excited that at some stage we'll take a step forwards, which we haven't yet."

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