Hamilton: With hindsight perhaps I should have just let him past
25 November, 2013
Lewis Hamilton admitted after his incident packed Brazilian Grand Prix that he did not know what happened when he banged wheels with Valterri Bottas, which saw the Williams driver retire on the spot and the Mercedes driver handed a drive through penalty for causing a collision.
It was a crestfallen Hamilton who spoke to media immediately afterwards, “I don’t know what happened exactly. I thought that I had moved to the left, he outbraked me and then we touched but it happened so quickly and it was obviously judged [by the stewards] that I did something wrong.”
“I guess it’s a racing incident really. I saw him catching me and I moved over and then I didn’t think he was going to make it in time because we were in the braking zone, so I started creeping back to turn and he dived down the outside and braked quite a lot later.”
“He couldn’t have gone round the outside, plus he was a lap down. For me I was thinking that I was trying to catch Fernando so if [Valterri] goes past I might lose time to Fernando. With hindsight perhaps I should have just let him past because obviously we would have avoided that incident. He was quite quick, he had newer tyres than me – he had just pitted – so it’s something that we’ll learn for the future.”
“I was having a good race until that point in fourth place and a podium might have been possible as I was closing on Fernando. A podium was achievable, which is why it was so disappointing. I am just glad it’s over,” said Hamilton.
But added, “Of course I’m delighted for the team. They have done an incredible job this year and really deserve this result. It’s the reward for what I know has been many years of hard work and my thoughts are with everyone here at the track and back at our factories at Brackley and Brixworth. We’ve got so much to look forward to next season so I’ll put [this race] behind me quickly and focus on what should be a great year in 2014.”
Bottas had little to say, “I tried to keep my line overtaking on the outside and we touched. It’s disappointing to end the season like this but a points-finish may have been too much for us.” (GP247)
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