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Lewis Hamilton sends message to Max Verstappen as he opens up on Imola mistake

Second placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talks with team members in parc ferme after the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 18, 2021 in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Lewis Hamilton finished second in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. The British driver admitted it ‘wasn’t the greatest of days’. Hamilton made a very rare mistake mid-race, sliding off the race track and into the barriers as he closed in on Max Verstappen for the win, after just changing for slick tyres.

Following the race, he said: “First congratulations to Max, he did a fantastic job today, and just solid work from him but also to Lando, what an awesome job and it’s so great to see McLaren back up there.

“On my side it was not the greatest of days, it’s the first time I’ve made a mistake in a long time, but I’m grateful I was able to bring the car home still.”

And reflecting on the crash, Hamilton explained: “There was only one dry line and I guess I was in too much of a hurry to get by everyone, came on to the inside and I could see it was wet. I was trying to stop but the thing wouldn’t stop and sent me off. Bit unfortunate but I’m really grateful that we got going again and to get some points for the team was really important today.”

Shortly after the incident, the race was red-flagged as George Russell in the Williams and Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas were involved in a huge collision, with both drivers walking away.

He replied: “I wasn’t thinking about it, I was just trying to get over the gutting kind of feeling it is when you make a mistake and just move on from it, and learn from it real quick. You don’t have time to dwell on it, so that’s what I did. Get back into racing spirit. I didn’t know if we’d be able to overtake, because again, offline was going to be wet, but still had some good fun battles with all the guys.”


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