Lewis Hamilton has taken responsibility for his shocking pitlane error at Sochi.
Hamilton had a golden opportunity to put massive pressure on title rival Max Verstappen, who will start the Russian GP at the back of the grid. However, he threw it away seconds from a surefire pole position when he decided to switch from intermediate tyres to softs.
While heading into the pits, the seven-time world champion hit the wall during pit entry. This crash broke his front wing, and that meant he was a spectator as he lost his provisional pole in a matter of seconds.
Hamilton took responsibility for his shocking pitlane error, and vowed to do better on Sunday.
“I made a mistake in the pit lane, and I’m incredibly disappointed with that,” Hamilton said, as reported by Formula Spy.
“Up until then, I was in the groove, I was in the zone and I am really sorry for all the team that are here and back at the factory because obviously, that’s not what you expect from a champion. It is what it is, and I’ll do my best tomorrow to try and rectify it.
“It was right on the cusp of timing of coming in, so I was really trying to rush to get in and out as quick as possible. 100% my fault. I’m really sorry to the team. Ultimately, really disappointed with myself as up until then I was clean every lap, no problem. But then, yeah, silly one, but you live and you learn.”
From one Brit to another
Hamilton also talked about his chances for the race, and sent his congratulations to countryman Lando Norris for his first pole position.
“Those cars up front have got good pace and it definitely won’t be easy tomorrow,” Hamilton said.
“I’m just going to say my prayers and hope that our car can be fixed to be okay for tomorrow. These things are sent to try us, and as much as I feel terrible right now, I’ll turn it into a positive and try to do the best we can. But we’ve got a Brit on pole which is great, so congrats to Lando,” he concluded.