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Lewis Hamilton describes his ‘idiot’ mistake in Portugal

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talks in a press conference during Day Three of F1 Testing at Bahrain International Circuit on March 14, 2021 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Dan Istitene - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

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Lewis Hamilton told himself he was an “idiot” for giving Max Verstappen the chance to pass him at the Portuguese Grand Prix restart. Verstappen got the run on Hamilton into Turn 1 and passed the Mercedes for second place.

“It was interesting because I was focusing on Valtteri naturally, and literally just for a split second I looked in my mirrors to see where Max was and in that split second that’s when Valtteri went,” Hamilton told reporters. “So that wasn’t great, and then I was in Valtteri’s tow and Max was about to pull out and I pulled out and gave him Valtteri’s tow, and I was like ‘you idiot’ to myself.”

Although Verstappen said he had not enjoyed any of the weekend’s driving at the Portimao circuit because the tarmac offered little grip.

“What a great track,” said the 36-year-old Briton. “It really enabled us to fight closely in that first stint and I think that’s what the fans want, and what I want, from a racing point of view.

“This track is really great because you can have certain different lines in certain corners, a bit like Austin, so it was really awesome.”

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