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Hamilton shuts down Horner's claim about Mercedes' strategy call

After Ferrari's Carlos Sainz claimed victory at the British Grand Prix, Red Bull boss Christian Horner suggested that Mercedes had let the Scuderia "off the hook" with their strategy choices. Lewis Hamilton stands by the Silver Arrows' decisions.

Lewis Hamilton has rejected Christian Horner's suggestions that Mercedes did not make the best strategy calls at the British Grand Prix. Following the race, Horner argued that Ferrari had been "let off the hook" by the Silver Arrows, due to Hamilton being pitted for Hard tyres on Lap 33 of 52, rather than the Softs. Hamilton isn't overly concerned by the Red Bull boss' remarks. "I don’t really pay much attention to what is said by that guy!" Hamilton laughed as he spoke to media, including RacingNews365.com , ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Hamilton believes Mercedes made right call

The seven-time World Champion also stands by the decisions made by Mercedes. "From our knowledge, from what I was told, from our experience, the tyres were not going to go the distance," he continued. "They were definitely quicker for the first part but there was huge degradation on the other cars that we had seen. "Now, did we get it perfect? Who knows. But I think we made the right decision." Hamilton ran a long opening stint on the Medium tyre, with the only driver to have a longer stint on that compound being Lando Norris. "No one could do the stint length that I did on the Medium," Hamilton added. "I don't know if anyone else did that length and had that performance and pace at the end on that tyre. "The question is could I have kept going and then shortened my Soft tyre run? But in hindsight it's always positive."

Silverstone a "really great weekend" for Hamilton

Hamilton secured his third podium finish of the season at Silverstone, and was left feeling positive about how the weekend went overall. "Generally, it was a really great weekend, I think all round," the Briton said. "Having seen the sea of fans at Silverstone was incredible. Just when you think it can't get better, or couldn't be a better weekend, each year it seems to improve. "Also, you're seeing a crowd that's becoming even more diverse than it was in the past, which is great. "And I think it was really positive for us as a team, to start to see a little bit of consistency, particularly on my side, and to see us making progress."

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