Lewis Hamilton owned up to a steering wheel error at the restart of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix which cost him a chance to win the race.Sergio Perez, who started from pole position, and was trying to pass him on the inside of turn one when he locked up and ran wide.
Hamilton was heard on his radio discussing an error with his “brake magic” setting after the race. He revealed he had accidentally hit a crucial switch while drawing alongside Perez.
“Just on that restart, I think when Checo moved over towards me, I clipped a switch and it basically switches the brakes off, so I just went straight.”
He said he “had no idea that I’d even touched it” but it was confirmed to him by race engineer, Pete Bonnington, after the race. Bonnington told him “the magic was on.”
A surprised Hamilton said he’d switched the brake-warming setting off behind the Safety Car. Bonnington confirmed that he must have switched it back on accidentally.
“It’s very hard to take,” Hamilton admitted. “But mostly [I’m] just really sorry to the men and women in the team who have worked so hard for these points. But, we’ll regroup and come back stronger.”
“Naturally, it’s quite a humbling experience, to be honest,” he added. “We’ve worked so hard this weekend to come back. [We were] out of the top ten, and it was looking so good.
“You know, I put everything on the line and I fought as hard as I could today.”
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