Lewis Hamilton was repeatedly pushed over the team radio to go to the finish line at the German Grand Prix, as Mercedes covered his base in case of a time penalty for crossing the pit entry line.
Although the World Champion was eventually insulted in the 52nd round with a reprimand as he drove into the pits, radio links with the pit wall revealed how Mercedes was paying attention to the risk of punishment while the race was still taking place.
After Mercedes had already canceled Hamilton's fight with his team-mate Valtteri Bottas and the Finn, who fell back slowly, the team actually refused to let the engine shut down in the final stages.
In fact, Hamilton's engineer Peter Bonnington urged Hamilton to continue building. There was a gap over Botta's lap time.
And on the last lap, Hamilton received several messages to hit hard, so as not to waste time.
This news alerts Hamilton, who, shortly after taking the checkered flag, asked if he had already received a penalty.
"Do I have a penalty?" Hamilton asked.
His race engineer Peter Bonnington replied, "Negative, negative, we only cover base relatives."
Talking about the argument for Hamilton to extend his advantage over Bottas, Mercedes CEO Toto Wolff said: "We've covered all the bases, you know those things. [There] There's quite a bit of room for interpretation, we just wanted that far as far as possible disappear in the distance. "
Radio News [1
Vettel has just crashed in the stadium section
PETER BONNINGTON: So Vettel off. Yellow, yellow. Yellow, yellow. Attention. Attention. Vettel off. So yellow, yellow. Yellow, yellow.
PB: So box, box. Box, box. Make the gap. So far to Valtteri.
Hamilton dives into the pit lane, but makes last change and cuts back to the track
LEWIS HAMILTON: Kimi stays outside
] PB: Stay outside, stay outside. In, in, in, in, in, in, in, in.
LH: Hey Man
PB: Sorry buddy.
LH: I was a beginner
Hamilton follows Raikkonen behind the Safety Car
LH: Are we in trouble?
PB: Negative, negative. So stay outside.
Hamilton discusses tire temperatures and strategy during the safety car phase. Race Restarts on Lap 58
PB: Strat Mode 3. Strat Mode 3.
PB: Gap at Valtteri at 1.7
PB: DRS was enabled
PB : Gap to Valtteri 2.4. Seven rounds remaining
PB: Distance to Valtteri 3 seconds
PB: Gap to Valtteri at 2.8
PB: Your backpack is now fully loaded
PB: Four more rounds. Rain shower in the north builds up
PB: Gap to Valtteri with 3.9
LH: Can I start the engine [radio interference makes message unclear]?
PB: Negative Lewis. Let's just stay where we are. This rain danger still exists.
PB: Lewis. Go Strat Mode 3, Strat Mode 3. Build this gap. Currently four seconds.
Other discussions about the weather
LH: Two more rounds
PB: Two more laps. Just continue building.
PB: Strat Mode 5 to End
PB: Strat Mode 5 Lewis. Currently in 6th Strat Mode 5.
LH: I want to save the engine
PB: We need you to build the gap.
PB: Strat Mode 8. Strat Mode 8. Just to use the energy
Hamilton enters the stadium section
PB: Lewis, keep pushing the line.
Hamilton leaves the last corner
PB: Continue to push the line.
Hamilton takes checkered flag  PB: Get in, Lewis! Miracles happen, buddy
LH: Do I have a penalty?
PB: Negative, negative. We only cover bases Mate.
Additional coverage by Adam Cooper