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"Stay out and stay positive" - full radio of Hamilton Monaco pit call breaks cover

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"Stay out and stay positive" - full radio of Hamilton Monaco pit call breaks cover
Jun 5, 2015, 10:59 PM

An interesting video has been posted on F1.

An interesting video has been posted on F1.com and the Official F1 app, featuring the actual radio conversations between Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes team in the moments leading up to the fateful decision to pit him behind the Safety Car in Monaco, which explains how the decision was arrived at.

For the first time it shows that the decision was changed three times from the original call to stay out, to the final decision to bring him in.

As the TV pictures show Max Verstappen's car buried in the tyre wall at St Devote, Hamilton's engineer Peter Bonnington says, "Virtual Safety Car! Keep positive, stay positive. And you are staying out!"

"So we are staying out and you are just staying positive," he adds.

Hamilton, Bonnington

Then the Virtual Safety Car becomes a full Safety Car and Bonnington says, "Safety Car has been deployed."

Hamilton asks, "Are you sure it's the best thing to stay out?"

Bonnington replies: "Nope, we will be boxing the end of the lap, box the end of the lap. Stay positive, stay positive. We are going to go one and a half turns (on front wing) for the option tyre unless you tell us different."

Then suddenly the order is changed. "We are now staying out, staying out, staying out.!"

Hamilton relies: "Guys that's not good, these tyres have lost all their temperature. Everyone's going to be on options now."

This seems to sway the decision on the pit wall: "OK, copy, copy, box, box!" says Bonnington. "Cancel the brake magic (name of a switch on the steering wheel). Caution on pit entry, RS modes. Cancel RS."

Hamilton exits the pits behind Rosberg and Vettel and Hamilton comes over the radio, "What's happened guys, what's happened?"

Bonnington sounds hesitant: "OK Lewis so... w..we got caught behind… we are having a look now, we are reviewing the video."

"OK we have lost the marshalling system, so we may need to do something to override DRS," says Bonnington.

"I've lost this race, haven't I?" asks a dejected Hamilton.

"Not if they lose all their tyre temp," says Bonnington. They are on the prime tyre. You have got a very good options on the car at the moment."

Hamilton made it very clear today that he doesn't want to talk about his extraordinary setback in Monaco, where the race win was lost due to a badly timed pit stop. Facing the media in Montreal ahead of Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, he batted away all questions about the incident, his part in it and how he felt now looking back.

But later in the afternoon, he perhaps revealed his true feelings when he Tweeted a photo of a baby goat in sunglasses with the message "Current mood. Wearing my #HaterBlockers & #BlockinOutTheHaters #TeamLH #PositiveVibesOnly!!!"

Lewis Hamilton

"I don’t look back. I’m looking forwards, so honestly I don’t really… I have not thought about the last race for a long time and I’ve just really been thinking about the next race, putting my mind to other things, training and trying to come back strong this weekend," he said in the press conference today.

"So, it’s really irrelevant what happened in the past now. There’s nothing you can do about it so there’s no point dwelling on it.

"Things are good with the team," he added. "Excited to move on to this weekend. So, I’ll keep doing what I’m doing because that’s done pretty good for me up until now."

For top level sportsmen, coping with disappointments and setbacks is an important part of the game. Even for a champion like Hamilton, there are more bad days than good ones in an F1 career.

Hamilton cannot change what happened in Monaco; as he says he can only affect what happens next.

But what he is most keen to avoid - and the team will be too - is any negative impact on his performance this weekend from ruminating on the Monaco loss, made all the worse as it handed victory and an extra 10 points to his rival and team mate Nico Rosberg.

Last year's events in Monaco appeared to knock him off balance for a few races, giving Rosberg a chance to make ground in the championship. He will be keen to prove this weekend that he is a different competitor this year.
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