Mercedes alters protocols after Monaco blunder

Mercedes has made changes to its systems and structure to ensure that there is no repeat of the strategy error that cost Lewis Hamilton victory in the Monaco Grand Prix.

A late call for Hamilton to pit under the safety car at Monte Carlo backfired as it dropped him behind Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.

Following a post-event investigation into the circumstances that led to the pit call being made, Mercedes executive director Paddy Lowe said that action had been taken.

"There was a mistake made," said Lowe. "We always look at all the errors and decide what to learn from them and how that carries across.

"There were some problems with the software, so we fixed some bugs in that. We changed some of our communications and freed up some people involved, so they have more capacity."

Defending team

Lowe also made it clear that while the team took what happened in Monaco very seriously, it was also important that the events were put in context.

"There has been a bit of a story that I thought this wasn't a big deal," he said. "Of course it was a big deal.

"The point is that it was a small error that had a big consequence. But I will stand up for my team and guys, who have made very few errors over the last few years. We have to put it in context."

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Series Formula 1
Event Monaco GP
Track Monte Carlo
Drivers Lewis Hamilton
Teams Mercedes
Article type Breaking news