Lewis Hamilton Acknowledges Responsibility for Collision with Team-Mate George Russell

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Lewis Hamilton Acknowledges Responsibility for Collision with Team-Mate George Russell

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Lewis Hamilton took full responsibility on Sunday for the collision he had with his Mercedes team-mate George Russell in the opening corner, resulting in his crash and retirement from the Qatar Grand Prix. The seven-time world champion lost his car’s rear right wheel when he collided with the front wing of Russell’s car while trying to pass him on the outside. Russell also spun but managed to recover. After an immediate pit stop for repairs, he rejoined the race and secured a fourth-place finish.

In a regretful tone, Hamilton expressed, “I feel so sorry for my team. The opportunity was there for us to score a lot of good points. It was all in the heat of the moment. I mean… I didn’t really understand what happened. I just felt the tap from behind, and I don’t think George probably had anywhere to go. It’s just one of those really unfortunate situations. I’m happy to take responsibility for it. Everyone is working so incredibly hard, so it’s just massively gutting to have a result like this. It’s very rare that this happens for me, but I hope George is able to get back into the points today.”

He later confirmed on social media, “I’ve watched the replay, and it was 100 percent my fault, and I take full responsibility. Apologies to my team and to George.”

Russell expressed his disappointment, as he believed that both Mercedes drivers had a realistic shot at a podium finish before the race.

Hamilton, who was the only leading driver to start the race on soft tires, giving him an early grip advantage, aimed to overtake both Russell and pole-sitter Max Verstappen.

Verstappen, who had secured his third consecutive world title the day before, clinched victory in the race.

Russell responded, “I know it was nothing intentional. When you are racing in these cars, you can’t see because they have such big blind spots, and it is very difficult. I am sure we’ll speak about it, and it will be all ok.”

As a result of his actions after the crash, Hamilton was fined 50,000 euros, with half of the amount suspended, and received a reprimand from the race stewards for walking across the track.

The stewards issued a statement, saying, “During the hearing, the driver of car 44 was very apologetic and realized that the situation could have been very dangerous for him as well as the drivers approaching.”

With five races remaining, Hamilton currently holds third place in the drivers’ championship with 194 points. He trails behind Verstappen with 433 points and Red Bull’s second driver, Sergio Perez, who finished 10th, with 225 points.

Reference:

https://sports.ndtv.com/formula-1/lewis-hamilton-takes-blame-for-crash-with-team-mate-george-russell-4462971

https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/67049899

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