ewis Hamilton was baffled by his Mercedes engineers, leaving the decision to go under the safety car to him at the Miami Grand Prix.
The Formula 1 race saw the seven-time world champion once again stuck far behind the frontrunners in what was at least an improvement on his 13th-place finish at Imola a fortnight ago.
However, sixth when Lando Norris slammed into Pierre Gasly after 41 laps of Sunday’s race, he failed to come for fresh tires under the safety car.
When asked on team radio if he should object, Hamilton was surprised to hear Mercedes leave the decision up to him.
“I really don’t know, in this scenario I have no idea where everyone is,” he said after the race.
“When the team says, ‘It’s your choice’… I don’t have the information to make the decision. That’s your job! Decide for me, you have all the details, not me.
“So that’s why we rely on the guys but today they gave it to me and I didn’t understand it.
“But it’s just a bit of a shame for the safety car and at least we have points today, we finish, the reliability is good. We just have to keep trying, I’m happy to take a step forward at some point, which we haven’t done yet.
Hamilton was under immediate pressure from team-mate George Russell after the restart, but an error from Valtteri Bottas allowed both Mercs through, before Russell moved into fifth after opting for Medium tires under the safety car.
The young Briton had no choice but to pit at this point, despite still being on his original hard tires from the start, and first had to give way back to Hamilton after he made the off-track overtake before doing the job with DRS one lap. later.