Lewis Hamilton has apologised to Mercedes for the error he committed while chasing down Max Verstappen in the lead at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix while trying to overtake lapped vehicles.
As he attempted to pass George Russell’s Williams, the seven-time World Champion had to move off the dry line and wound up in the gravel trap.
Hamilton did benefit by the race being red-flagged in the end. But he still had to make a lot of overtakes to get back to P2.
After the race, Hamilton accepted responsibility for the event and apologised for his error.
Lewis Hamilton apologises
“I guess I was in a bit too much of a hurry to get by everyone,” Hamilton said.
“I was a bit unfortunate. There was only one dry line. I came into the inside and I could see it was wet.
“I was trying to stop but the thing wouldn’t stop and it sent me off.”
“I’m really, really grateful that we got to get going again, and to get some points for the team is really important today,” he further added.
“I didn’t know whether or not we’ll be able to overtake, because again offline was going to be wet.
“You don’t have time to dwell on it, so that’s what I did – got back into racing spirit. We still had some really good fun battles with all the guys.”
Today was incredibly tough. Glad that both George and Valterri were able to walk away ok. Huge congrats to Max, he did an awesome job and to Lando, great to see you and the team up on the podium. pic.twitter.com/uQUEKz2XKc— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) April 18, 2021
Max Verstappen, Hamilton’s Championship adversary, won the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix by a comfortable margin, but the Mercedes driver has retained his lead in the Drivers’ Standings after winning the season opener in Bahrain and setting the best lap yesterday.