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Entertainment Lewis Hamilton Shares Video of the Moment He Hit Mechanic with Race Car: 'My Heart was in My Mouth'

06:40  25 september  2021
06:40  25 september  2021 Source:   people.com

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Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton send a mechanic flying backwards into the air after smashing into him with his car – then claimed that "we all make mistakes" after his Mercedes team reassured fans. The unwitting team member suffered the unenviable agony of being thrown backwards into the air by the front Hamilton 's car , shunting up and back onto the ground as the Brit cruised in to the pit. " My heart was in my mouth – I was so worried. Thankfully he was OK; pretty courageous to stand in front of the car like that.

HORRIFIED Lewis Hamilton has apologised for wiping out a mechanic during practice for the Russian Grand Prix. Hamilton 's " heart was in my mouth " after. The mechanic had stood his ground but scrambled backwards quickly when he realised Hamiltons' car was going to hit him . But after he was sent flying to the ground he climbed back up and gave a thumbs-up sign. Mercedes confirmed their team member was uninjured - leaving Hamilton to admit just how scared he was by his error.

Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton is sharing the moment he knocked over a mechanic — who is thankfully okay — on the race track.

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Hamilton, 36, was practicing for the Russia Grand Prix in Sochi when he overshot his marks coming into the Mercedes pit box and bumped into his front jack as he came to a stop, according to Formula1.com. The driver shared footage of the moment on Instagram Friday, sharing in the caption that he was "so worried" about his mechanic when it happened.

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"I believe this is the first time I've taken out a mechanic in 14 years. My heart was in my mouth, I was so worried," he captioned the video.

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Valtteri Bottas led the first Friday practice session for the Russian Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton and his Red Bull rival Max Verstappen under the sun at the Sochi Autodrom. AlphaTauri's Pierre Gasly took sixth with a late run on softs, while Carlos Sainz took P7 in the other Ferrari, and Lando Norris – who had a bizarre moment when he hit the wall on his way back to the pits at the end of the session – finished eighth fastest for McLaren.

This is the heart -in- mouth moment that a truck carrying a crane wipes out an overhead gantry, sending it crashing into the road just in front of an oncoming car . The filming driver only just stops in time as large metal parts from the gantry hit the road just a few feet in front of him . After the collapse, the metal gantry continues vibrating from the impact of it hitting the tarmac. Other vehicles that were following the truck slow down now that their path is blocked and one driver turns their car around rather than wait the mess to be cleared.

"Thankfully he was ok, pretty courageous to stand in front of the car like that," Hamilton added. "We all make mistakes, it's part of the journey, but it's how we come back from them that matters most."

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"For everyone asking, our front jack man is OK," Mercedes tweeted on Friday.

Last week, the British driver suffered from a heavy crash with title rival Max Verstappen at the Italian Grand Prix.

"I feel very, very fortunate today," Hamilton told The Guardian. "Thank God for the halo. That ultimately saved me. And saved my neck. I don't think I have ever been hit on the head by a car before and it is quite a shock for me."

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Lewis had the second best performance in the first practice round in this Russian Grand Prix that covers the 15th date of the tournament. He fell behind his teammate Valtteri Bottas, who posted good times in the opening laps on Russian asphalt. The battle for the top is red hot with Verstappen at the top of all scoring 226.5 points, leading Hamilton by 5. The sparks in the table already moved to the tracks with the different accidents they had, but also to the field of the press. In the last hours they starred in a hot crossover of statements.

Lewis Hamilton overshot his pit box in FP2 in Russia, knocking over his jack man, who was thankfully unhurt READ MORE: 'They can’t race with velvet gloves on’ – Horner and Wolff won't rule out more Hamilton -Verstappen contact. Hamilton finished second, behind team mate Valtteri Bottas, in FP2 for this weekend's race – while title rival Max Verstappen will start at the back of the grid for the Grand Prix on Sunday after taking a new Honda power unit.

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On Friday, he shared a photo on his Instagram story to update fans on his recovery progress.

"Hey guys, today's been a good day generally. Some work to do on the car and still some discomfort from my neck on my first time back in the car at racing speed," he captioned the photo.

Hamilton is set to race Verstappen, 23, on Sunday at the Russian Grand Prix and is seeking to regain his lead in the title race.

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