‘I f****d up big time’ – Lewis Hamilton apologises after crash costs him Singapore podium
Sir Lewis Hamilton has apologised after a self-inflicted crash cost him a potential podium at Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix.
At the halfway point of the race, Hamilton went into the barriers while trying to chase down Carlos Sainz Jr. for third-place.
Remarkably, his Mercedes was relatively unscathed from the incident and he managed to keep going and finish ninth at a treacherous Marina Bay Circuit.
Red Bull’s Sergio Perez won the race with Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Sainz completing the podium, though Perez’s victory is under threat after the Mexican was summoned to the stewards for a safety car infringement.
Max Verstappen, who could have sealed his second Formula 1 title on Sunday, could only finish seventh after a late mistake while trying to pass Lando Norris dropped him down the order.
The race start in Singapore was delayed by over an hour after heavy rain fell on the street circuit in the build-up.
As for Hamilton, the seven-time world champion was audibly frustrated after his mistake, apologising on his team radio: ‘I’m so sorry about that guys. I f****d up big time man.’
But his race got even worse in the final few laps when an attempt to overtake Sebastian Vettel went wrong and he lost another place to Verstappen.
‘I think we started off with a pretty decent weekend and were just really, really unfortunate at the end,’ Hamilton reflected post-race.
‘It was difficult to overtake and that lock-up into Turn 7 – when those things happen your heart sinks a little bit.
‘Potentially we could have undercut him but it was a battle of who got on the slicks first and then it would have been slice and dice so I was hoping for that and that’s what I was working towards but it all went out the fricking window when I locked-up.
‘But you get back up again and you try and tried to get past Seb but it was wet on the inside [and that caused the second lock-up].
‘It wasn’t the greatest day but I’m looking forward to tomorrow. My apologies to the team but we live and we learn and I’ll recover.’
The result leaves Hamilton sixth in the standings with five grand prix remaining, with the next race in Japan just a week away.
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