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Lewis Hamilton expressed disappointment for his collision with Red Bull’s Alex Albon in the closing stages of the Austrian Grand Prix. After a series of safety cars had trimmed the grid in the closing laps at the Red Bull Ring, Albon was flying in third and attempted to pass the six-time F1 world champion on his left-hand side.
Taking the racing line, the left-front wheel of Hamilton’s Mercedes collided with the right-rear of Albon’s RB16, spinning the latter into the gravel from which he managed to recover and to the back of the pack, from where he would eventually retire from an unrelated car problem.
Lewis Hamilton on his collision with Red Bull’s Alex Albon
“[It was] a really unfortunate scenario with Alex, I can’t believe we’ve come together again and it really felt like a racing incident.”
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Speaking to Sky Sports F1 following the race, Hamilton said he would accept the penalty.
He said: “I don’t really feel particularly any way right now. The race is done and I just feel like moving forwards. [It was] a really unfortunate scenario with Alex, I can’t believe we’ve come together again and it really felt like a racing incident. But either way I’ll take whatever penalty they feel I deserve and we’ll move forward.”
Hamilton was unsure whether it was the kerbs at the circuit which had impacted his car.
He added: “I don’t know whether they are going to be able to fix it in three days, but I wouldn’t put it past my team and they will already be working right now on a solution.”