Niki Lauda says he has instructed Toto Wolff to analyse the process that led to Lewis Hamilton erroneously pitting the closing stages of the Monaco Grand Prix, costing him a certain win.

Hamilton pitted under the safety car with 14 laps remaining despite h aving track advantage, the Briton re-emerging behind Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel, whom he couldn't pass again when racing resumed.

A blunder that left Hamilton distraught on the podium as his team-mate took the spoils and closed the gap in the standings, Mercedes' Wolff has accepted blame for the miscalculation.

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However, Lauda could not hide his frustration at the outcome of the race, saying the situation is 'unacceptable', adding that the decision was made as a result of confusion.

"Honestly, I really feel sorry ... I apologised, even to his engineers over there, because this is for me unacceptable. Nevertheless, Toto, I gave him the order to analyse it properly and see where the mistake. But absolutely the decision to bring him in was completely wrong."

"I was listening to the talks, the talks were going forward and backwards and there was too much confusion. In the end it was the wrong decision, no question about it."

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@ Geeez, are you saying Verstappen engineered this. This is Mercedes falling on their own sowrd.