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Sport Hamilton sends 'massive' apology to Albon after Interlagos shunt

03:25  18 november  2019
03:25  18 november  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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Lewis Hamilton was penalized for a crash that ended Alex Albon 's hopes of a maiden top-three finish at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton apologised for denying Alex Albon a first Formula One podium finish when he shunted his fellow driver off the track at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

World champion Hamilton took responsibility for the crash in the closing stages at Interlagos when he went down the inside rather than take the racing line heading into a corner.

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It would have been an audacious overtaking move, but Hamilton could not get past second-placed Albon and the pair collided, with the Red Bull spinning off the circuit. He finished a lowly 14th.

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Hamilton had clashed with Red Bull driver Alexander Albon on the penultimate lap of the race in the battle for second place, taking the Anglo-Thai Albon , who ended up finishing 14th, said after the race that he was "upset" but had no hard feelings towards Hamilton . Asked by Motorsport.com whether

Albon was quickest after the intermediate tyre runs but shunted with less than three minutes remaining while preparing for a late flying lap on slicks. The perils of the slippery surface were immediately evident, though, as Verstappen spun at Turn 2 shortly after Leclerc had run wide at the same place.

Pierre Gasly went past both men to take an unlikely second place for Toro Rosso, with Hamilton crossing the line third for Mercedes. However, Stewards later imposed a five-second penalty that knocked Hamilton down to seventh.

Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 leads Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15, Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14 Honda and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 at a safety car restart during the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 17, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. © Getty Images Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15 leads Alexander Albon of Thailand driving the (23) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB15, Pierre Gasly of France driving the (10) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR14 Honda and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 at a safety car restart during the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 17, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Hamilton was asked after the race whether he had enough space and speed to execute the move.

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Lewis Hamilton apologised to Alex Albon for their late-race collision in a crazy climax to the In an extraordinarily topsy-turvy Interlagos race from start to finish, Hamilton dropped back to fourth from "Naturally I take it on me, I was coming from behind, but he was doing a great job so apologies to him."

Lewis Hamilton has been summoned to the stewards for the clash with Alex Albon that denied the Red Bull driver his first Formula 1 podium in the Brazilian Grand F1 rookie Albon was running second in a Red Bull one-two after a late restart, aided by Hamilton pitting during a safety car that was caused by

"Honestly, I didn't, but he did a great job. He was very fair with where he positioned the car," Hamilton said. "I massively apologise to Albon.

"I went for a move where the gap was kind of there but it closed right at the end – completely my fault."

Race winner Max Verstappen, also of Red Bull, and Hamilton fought a gripping battle for most of the race, until the drama moved up a level amid safety car disruptions in the final 20 laps.

Top three finishers Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing, Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 17, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. © Getty Images Top three finishers Max Verstappen of Netherlands and Red Bull Racing, Pierre Gasly of France and Scuderia Toro Rosso and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrate on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Brazil at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace on November 17, 2019 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

"It was a great race. Max did a fantastic job today. They [Red Bull] just outclassed us in terms of overall performance. We couldn't keep up with them on the straights," Hamilton said.

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"I massively apologise to Albon ," said Hamilton . "Completely my fault." The Interlagos race was an F1 classic which included enthralling wheel-to-wheel battles between Verstappen and Hamilton , a near pit-lane disaster for Red Bull, and ended with shunts and utter chaos.

ALL THE ANGLES: Hamilton collides with Albon in Interlagos . “I massively apologise to Albon , I went for a move, the gap was there but obviously it closed at the end," said a very honest Hamilton . "Completely my fault… I took a lot of risks today, as you saw.”

"I raced my heart out. I gave everything and I took a lot of risks today as you saw.

"We could keep up with them [the Red Bulls] through the corners, but they were just outshining us on the straights, so I don't think there was anything I could do."

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