Lewis Hamilton apologises to team-mate George Russell and Mercedes for the first-corner conflict that noticed him spin off into the gravel and injury the sister automobile; watch the video, SkyPad evaluation and listen to from the Sky pundits on the dramatic all-Mercedes collision at first of the Qatar GP
Final Up to date: 08/10/23 9:07pm
Lewis Hamilton has apologised to George Russell and Mercedes after taking “100 per cent fault” for the first-corner collision along with his team-mate at first of the Qatar Grand Prix.
The Mercedes drivers got here collectively as they battled Max Verstappen for the lead into Flip One. Hamilton, beginning on grippier gentle tyres in comparison with Verstappen and Russell’s slower mediums, tried to go across the outdoors of the sister Mercedes however tagged his countryman’s entrance wheel and span off into the gravel.
Each drivers initially blamed one another on workforce radio however Hamilton was fast to simply accept accountability in his interviews when returning to the paddock.
Even earlier than seeing a replay of the incident a downcast Hamilton had informed Sky Sports activities F1: “I simply really feel actually sorry to my workforce. It was a chance immediately to get some good factors.
“Within the warmth of the second, I did not actually perceive what occurred, I simply clearly felt the faucet from behind.
“However I do not assume George in all probability had anyplace to go and, yeah, it is simply a kind of actually unlucky conditions.
“I imply, I am pleased to take accountability because the older one.”
And as soon as he had seen a replay a a short time later, Hamilton then reaffirmed his fault and apology to the workforce on social media.
“I’ve watched the replay and it was 100% my fault and I take full accountability,” he posted on X.
“Apologies to my workforce and to George.”
The Sky F1 pundits on the place blame lay in Hamilton-Russell collision
Sky Sports activities F1’s Nico Rosberg:
“It was 100 per cent Lewis’ error. It is a slight misjudgement. Not an enormous misjudgement. He does not depart fairly sufficient house for George.
“It is all on Lewis, which he has already admitted to.”
Sky Sports activities F1’s Karun Chandhok:
“Russell had no wiggle room.
“He could not transfer to the suitable as a result of Verstappen was there. Lewis has gone across the outdoors for the lunge and made that contact.
“Verstappen was the place he was, he did not transfer, and Russell could not transfer. The purpose is, out of these two drivers, George could not have given Lewis extra room however Lewis might have given extra room.”
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