Humiliated Lewis Hamilton apologizes to Mercedes after making a costly mistake that slipped him into 15th
Humiliated Lewis Hamilton apologizes to his Mercedes team after making a costly mistake that slipped him from second to 15th as he admits he ‘flicked a switch’ as the Azerbaijan Grand Prix restarted
- Hamilton did not benefit from his rival Verstappen’s tire blowout in Baku
- Sir Lewis accidentally blocked his brakes when he hit Sergio Perez . tried to catch up
- The Briton eventually finished 15th, the penultimate of the drivers to finish the race
- Result means that Hamilton is still four points behind the Dutchman in the standings
Lewis Hamilton has apologized for his crucial mistake that cost him dearly at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, describing it as a “humiliating” experience.
The Mercedes star and defending champion finished second but tried too eager to pass leader Sergio Perez, his brakes failed and he went from first to last last, eventually finishing 15th out of 16 drivers to finish the race.
And Sir Lewis told Sky Sports to admit the mistake, missing the opportunity to let Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – whose tire burst while leading the race – be ‘hard to take’ in the standings.
Lewis Hamilton apologized to Mercedes after a mistake that slipped him from second to 15th
The defending champion blocked his brakes, finishing well outside the points punten
He said: ‘Of course it’s quite a humbling experience to be honest. We had worked so hard to come back for the top 10 and it looked so good.
“I risked everything and just on that restart when Checo (Sergio Perez) came up to me, I flipped a switch and the brakes went off.
“It’s hard to accept, but I’m really sorry for the men and women in the team who are working hard for the points. I’m sure we’ll come out of this stronger.
‘It is very unfortunate for Max. Today is a stroke of luck, it is what it is. We will try to regroup and come back stronger in the next race.”
Sir Lewis’ title rival, Max Verstappen, crashed while in first with five laps to go after a puncture
Dutchman Sergio Perez’s teammate finally came through to win the Azerbaijan GP
Verstappen’s Red Bull teammate Perez went on to win the race over 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 tire gave out at 200 km/h, meaning the red flag went out and the field closed the Baku street race with a manic two-lap sprint.
Hamilton started second, led Perez into the corner, but locked his tires and ran up the breakaway in an unusual error.
Next week the drivers will head to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal for the Canadian GP, knowing that the title race is still well balanced.