Wait a second there! Mercedes tried to do what turned out to be THE racing winning strategy. They had the right idea, but not quite the tyre deg on the mediums. Hindsight is a wonderful thing but 10 laps into the stint on the soft Hamilton was looking very good indeed. Just didn't quite turn out good for them.
Yeah this si why I am not quite buying this explanation.
raikonnen was on 2 stops.
The possible theories I have are.
Lewis trashed his soft tryes more than the other teams hence struggling at the start BUT if that was the case then how did he manage so many laps on them?
Merc have warming up issues with tryes so struggled at start of race, this is possible given what we seen.
Lewis/team was very paranoid and conservative at the start worrying about tyre deg so drove slower, then later he realised everyone else was pitting and decided to up his pace.
Later in race he did seem to match alonso and vettel a lot on live timing but occasionally they would pull faster laps out of the bag and raikonnen was in a league of his own on a 2 stop.
The critical mistake for me was abandoning the 2 stop and wrecking his first set of hards defending against alonso. He only had to do another 5-6 laps after that point to make the 2 stop work. I think he thought his tryes were going off the way alonso caught up when simply was alonso was just faster.