Hamilton said his rival’s reaction was understandable. “I’d be the same,” he said. “That’s how we’re tuned as racing drivers. When it’s your mistake, we’re tough on ourselves.
“I think probably when you’re younger as opposed to being older you’re maybe a little bit less [severe] when you’re older. But still, it’s painful. There’s a lot of pressure around a track like this, on his young shoulders, so it’s totally normal.
“Years and years ago I didn’t come out of my room for two or three days when I had some experience like that, so I totally understand how he feels. It’s cool that he’s open about it, because he can get it out and move forwards tomorrow.”
Sebastian Vettel said his team mate’s response to the crash was “normal”.
“If you do a mistake, you’re not happy about it. Being critical I think is also the reason why he’s here, why we’re here.
“I don’t think anybody of us enjoys that part of our racing life, but every now and then it’s part of it, so. The weekend isn’t over yet, I think we have a good car, and I’m sure we can recover as a team tomorrow.”
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