Lewis Hamilton had 2 minutes and 15 seconds left in the second leg of the Formula One Russian Grand Prix timeline to run a measured lap. The final play of the stage, which was interrupted by Sebastian Vettel’s accident, promised to be exciting, as almost everyone except the six-time world champion wanted to improve on his lap time.
As usual, at the end of the pit lane, several people lined up, increasing their chances of starting their last measured lap in time. But Hamilton was not sent out by his team, only when 8-9 cars were already lined up in front of him. It was a dangerous tactic from Mercedes, but they could do nothing else.
Although the Mercedes powerplant is the current strongest in Formula 1, the driver is unable to start it on his own. This possibility is present in the engines of Ferrari, Renault and Honda, which the competitor kinetic energy recovery system (MGU-K). So did Charles Leclerc when he spun at the Spanish Grand Prix in the last alley, and so did most of the riders on the Sochi pit lane so as not to overheat his car.
The Hamilton didn’t want to risk the Mercedes boiling. However, Lance Stroll did this with Racing Point: he lined up, but he no longer left the pit lane due to his unstoppable, overheated engine. One way or another, but eventually got the 96th pole position for the six-time world champion.