Mercedes apologise to Lewis Hamilton after pit stop blunder hands victory to team-mate Nico Rosberg 4 years ago

Mercedes apologise to Lewis Hamilton after pit stop blunder hands victory to team-mate Nico Rosberg

This could have been very awkward

The tensions in the Mercedes garage have been well-publicised over the past year, but the team moved quickly to diffuse any potential problems after a shambolic decision cost world champion Lewis Hamilton victory in Monaco today.

The Englishman started the race in Monte Carlo on pole and was out in front and in control when the team called him into the pits on lap 64.

But they had got their timings horribly wrong and Hamilton emerged in third, right behind team-mate Nico Rosberg and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel.

Rosberg went on to win the race and cut the gap to championship leader Hamilton to just ten points, leaving Mercedes to quickly set about calming any potential disquiet.

And team boss Toto Wolff wanted to make sure Hamilton knew how badly the team had messed up and were super sorry about it.

The other talking point from an otherwise dull race was a horrific crash for Max Verstappen. The 17-year-old Dutch racer ran into the back of Romain Grosjean's Lotus and drove straight into the barriers.