Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2019

Hamilton: Practice crash was “innocent mistake”

2019 F1 season

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Lewis Hamilton owned up to a mistake which led to his crash in second practice and forced him to sit out much of the session.

“I made a mistake in FP2 and damaged the car,” said the world championship leader. “The boys tried really hard to fix it, but there wasn’t enough time.

“I don’t remember the last time I missed a whole session before. It’s definitely not great to watch the session from the garage; it feels like sitting in the headmaster’s office, wishing to be back in class.”

Hamilton explained he was simply pushing too hard when he hit the wall at turn nine.

“It was an innocent mistake,” he said. “I was doing multiple laps on the Medium tyre and was really trying to find the limit. Obviously I went slightly over, I had a big snap out of turn nine and was drifting for a long time, hoping I wouldn’t hit the wall. But these things happen; you just have to put it behind straight away you and get back on the horse.”

Mercedes were unable to repair his car in time to send him back out for the rest of the session.

“Luckily Valtteri [Bottas] had a good session today, so there’ll be a lot of analysis from that,” said Hamilton. “The boys will do a great job fixing the car tonight and we’ll come back ready for a better day tomorrow.”

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6 comments on “Hamilton: Practice crash was “innocent mistake””

  1. These curbs are massive, are they the same as last year?

    Hope they don’t launch anyone.

    1. @megatron They look the same at least.

  2. It’s practice, stuff happens. For Hamilton hitting the wall is speed bump on the road to pole.

  3. DAllein (@)
    8th June 2019, 9:02

    Of course this didn’t help much in the end, but did anyone notice he managed to bring the car home without further destroying the back of his car and littering the track with debris?

    Lewis, no worries, just do the job today and tomorrow!!!

  4. Panagiotis Papatheodorou (@panagiotism-papatheodorou)
    8th June 2019, 12:27

    Vettel used to do that all the time in his Red Bull days if memory serves me well. He touched the walls in Friday, got pole in Saturday, dominated in Sunday. I think Lewis will do the same.

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