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Lewis Hamilton Tells Mercedes 'I Can't Believe How Much You Guys F--ked Me' in Loss

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 4, 2022

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Lewis Hamilton was not happy with his Mercedes team after finishing fourth at the Dutch Grand Prix:

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Lewis is FUMING with Mercedes šŸ˜³ <a href="https://t.co/ot9zqNEmFn">pic.twitter.com/ot9zqNEmFn</a>

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šŸ“» Hamilton: "That was the biggest **** up"<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/F1?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#F1</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DutchGP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DutchGP</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Motorsport?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Motorsport</a>

The radio calls came after Hamilton saw his late lead quickly evaporate as Max Verstappen pulled away for his fourth Formula One win in a row.

Hamilton and teammate George Russell had the top two spots in Sunday's race after a yellow flag, but Russell chose to pit while Hamilton stayed out. It left no barrier between Verstappen and Hamilton at the restart, and the two switched positions within seconds.

Hamilton couldn't keep up on the older tires and fell to fourth, while Russell earned a second-place finish.

In addition to the questionable strategy, Russell almost hit Hamilton in the final few laps before passing him:

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LAP 64/72 <br><br>Silver Arrows side by side...<br><br>Russell overtakes Hamilton and moves up to P2<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DutchGP?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#DutchGP</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/F1?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#F1</a> <a href="https://t.co/OHAtzmIBDG">pic.twitter.com/OHAtzmIBDG</a>

Russell seemingly made the right call for himself, but it hurt his teammate:

Jeff Gluck @jeff_gluck

Lewis Hamilton has every right to be pissed at Mercedes. If the team wanted to win, anyway. Certainly the decision was good for Russell, but not for the team as a whole. Resulted in an easy Max dub.

It continues a disappointing season for Hamilton, who is sixth in the driver standings without a single win this year.

The British star has seven world championships and hasn't finished lower than second in the final standings since 2013, but this season has been a different story. He only has six podiums in 15 races, while last week's Belgian Grand Prix ended after a collision with Fernando Alonso on the first lap.

With his Mercedes teammate now hurting his chance to get a win in the Dutch Grand Prix, the frustrations are seemingly boiling over for Hamilton.

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