Lewis Hamilton says he takes full responsibility for the error which led to him taking a 10-second stop-go penalty during the Italian Grand Prix.
“We didn’t do a great job necessarily with the pit stop,” said Hamilton. “Honestly I didn’t see those boards, so I take responsibility for that so it’s something that we’ll learn from.”
Despite the costly penalty Hamilton recovered to finish two places behind team mate and championship rival Valtteri Bottas, and also scored the bonus point for fastest lap.
“To get seventh and to get fastest lap and still get some good points, I definitely didn’t think that was possible from 26 seconds behind the last car so I’ll definitely take it,” he said. “And grateful obviously Max [Verstappen] didn’t score any points. So not a huge loss today.”
Hamilton congratulated Pierre Gasly on his surprise breakthrough victory for AlphaTauri.
“That’s a huge result for him,” said Hamilton. “I’ve obviously seen what he’s been through from being dropped from the top team and now he’s beaten the top team. I think it’s just fantastic to see him recover and see him grow. I am genuinely really happy for him.
“My race wasn’t meant to be today. It was a bit unfortunate. But what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.”
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