Humbled Lewis Hamilton apologises to his Mercedes team after making a costly mistake that saw him slip from second to 15th as he admits he ‘clipped a switch’ when the Azerbaijan Grand Prix restarted
- Hamilton failed to take advantage of his rival Verstappen’s burst tyre in Baku
- Sir Lewis accidentally locked up his brakes when trying to overtake Sergio Perez
- The Brit eventually finished 15th, second last of the drivers that finished the race
- Result means Hamilton is still four points behind the Dutchman in the standings
Lewis Hamilton has apologised for his crucial mistake that cost him dearly in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, describing it as a ‘humbling’ experience.
The Mercedes star and defending champion was running second but was overeager in trying to pass leader Sergio Perez, his brakes failed and he went from first to dead last, eventually finishing 15th out of 16 drivers who finished the race.
And Sir Lewis told Sky Sports admitted the error, which saw him miss the chance to overhaul Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – whose tyre burst as he was leading the race – in the standings was ‘hard to take’.
Lewis Hamilton apologised to Mercedes after a mistake saw him slip from second to 15th
The defending champion locked up his brakes, which meant he finished well out of the points
He said: ‘Naturally it is quite a humbling experience to be honest. We had worked so hard to come back out for the top 10 and it was looking so good.
‘I put everything on the line and just on that restart when Checo (Sergio Perez) came over towards me I clipped a switch and it switches the brakes off.
‘It’s hard to take but I am just really sorry to the men and women in the team who work hard for the points. I am sure we will come back stronger from this.
‘It’s very unfortunate for Max. Today is a good stroke of bad luck, it is what it is. We will try and regroup and come back stronger in the next race.’
Sir Lewis’ title rival Max Verstappen crashed out while first with five laps to go after a tyre burst
The Dutchman’s team-mate Sergio Perez eventually came through to win the Azerbaijan GP
Verstappen’s Red Bull team-mate Perez eventually won the race from Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel in second and AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly in third.
The Dutchman was on course to win when his left rear tyre failed at 200mph, meaning the red flag came out and field finished the Baku street race with a manic two-lap sprint.
Hamilton started second, led Perez into Turn One but locked up his tyres and ran into the escape road in an uncharacteristic error.
Next week the drivers will head to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal for the Canadian GP, knowing the title race is still finely in the balance.
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