Lewis Hamilton apologises for latest crash
Lewis Hamilton has come forward and apologised for his latest performance and subsequent blunder in the recent Belgian Grand Prix.
Hamilton's race was dramatically cut short after he wrote his car off following a collision with the Sauber of Kamui Kobayshi. The McLaren driver has since admitted that the incident was entirely his fault, and has issued an apology to both his team and Kamui.
"After watching the replay, I realize it was my fault today 100%. I didn't give Kobayashi enough room though I thought I was past," said the former Formula One world champion in a Tweet.
"Apologies to Kamui and to my team. The team deserves better from me."
The incident occurred with Kobayashi as both drivers were entering into the braking zone for Les Combes, and Hamilton had just passed the Japanese driver going up the hill to take fourth position.
The accident was the second time this season that Hamilton has been forced to retire from a race due to a collision; a similar incident between the 2008 world champion and teammate, Jenson Button, cut short his Canadian Grand Prix back in June.
Despite the apology, Hamilton did not initially feel that he was to blame for the latest crash. It was only later, having seen replay footage of how the accident came about, that the British driver revised his opinion of the events.
"It's a bit unfortunate for the team, we were in a good position and as far as I was concerned I was ahead of whoever it was I was racing and then I just got hit by them and that was my race over. That's motor racing. There has been a lot of races where we haven't finished this year, so that's just another one of them." added Hamilton.
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