Lewis Hamilton says his poor start in the Japanese Grand Prix wasn’t caused by the dampness near his starting position.
“I don’t think the damp patch had anything to do with it,” he said after the race. “I made a mistake.”
“And then just working my way up from there was tricky but I did the best I could.”
Hamilton fell from second on the grid to eighth on the first lap but fought his way back through the field to finish third. However Nico Rosberg won, extending his lead at the top of the championship standings to 33 points. “It’s a healthy margin,” said Hamilton. “Nico did a great job so congrats to him.”
Hamilton also paid tribute to his Mercedes team who clinched the constructors’ championship in today’s race.
“I want to say congratulations to the team,” he said. “Incredible success for the last three years, very proud to be a part of it.”
“A big thank you to everyone for all their hard work, It’s a great result.”