i still believe thought that lewis hamilton was sitting duck on his 40 lap old tyres & mayve lost even under legal conditions
I understand what you’re saying but you are missing the point here. Again, under normal, legal safety car procedures the race would have ended under safety car conditions. Thus, Lewis wouldn’t have been a sitting duck—even on his fresh softs with Lewis on his 40+ lap hards, Max wouldn’t have been able to pass Lewis because there wouldn’t have been any more racing laps. Therefore, had Merc pitted Lewis they would have just handed the lead and the win to Max since, with no more racing laps, Lewis would have had no opportunity to retake it. The pit stop delta was just over 20 secs. so Max would easily have assumed the lead if Lewis had pitted. Perhaps if it had been a virtual safety car Lewis might have been able to retain the lead since, absurdly, the cars can go faster in the pits than on track. However, under the full safety car call Max could have gone at a plenty fast enough speed to pass a pitting Lewis since he wouldn’t have to slow sufficiently until he was picked up by the safety car (and the yellow-flagged accident area was far beyond the pit area).
Had Masi not allowed those 3 lapped cars to unlap themselves, then the race could have legally been restarted on that final lap. However, with those 3 cars between him and Max, Lewis would certainly have been able to build at least a 3 second gap over Max by the time Max reached the start line (at which point he would only then be allowed to start passing cars). And Max would lose even more time working past those 3 cars. So, even under this scenario, despite being on 40+ lap hards, Lewis would have had a sufficiently large enough gap to hold off Max for that single lap.