Lewis Hamilton apologises to Mercedes F1 team for "bad day"

Lewis Hamilton took full blame and apologised to Mercedes for his incidents in a race his team chief Toto Wolff described as a "nightmare" of a Hungarian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton apologises to Mercedes F1 team for "bad day"

A slow start off the line for both front row-starting Mercedes was compounded on lap one when Hamilton went off at the chicane and ran through the gravel trap, dropping him to 11th.

Hamilton then fought his way back through the field to fourth, with a safety car later appearing to aid his cause by bunching up the field.

The championship leader, though, collided with Daniel Ricciardo at the restart, requiring not only a new front wing, but also earning a drive-through penalty for the incident.

Despite his issues, Hamilton still managed to finish sixth, opening up a 21-point cushion over Rosberg who came home eighth due to tyre problems and his own clash with Ricciardo late on that resulted in a puncture.

"What a day, that was a hard afternoon," said Hamilton. "I definitely had a bad day at the office.

"It was one of the worst races I think I've had, and all I can do is apologise to the team and work hard to make amends at the next race.

"A day like today, when you make mistakes and it affects the team, it hurts."

Rosberg was running second on lap 64 of the 69-lap race, with eventual winner Sebastian Vettel in his sights, when Ricciardo overcooked an overtaking move into Turn 1.

As the duo emerged out of the turn, Ricciardo caught the right-rear tyre on Rosberg's car with his front wing, causing a puncture and a time-consuming run back to the pits for the German for a change of rubber.

Assessing his race, Rosberg said: "I was very pleased with it until lap 64, and after that, just nowhere.

"That's a real pity. Sport is real tough sometimes, to lose all those points, but that's the way it is.

"With Ricciardo, I assumed it was my corner because I took the ideal line and he just went straight on because he braked very late, or too late.

"He still had his front wing there and didn't back out of it, but the FIA decided no action, so nobody has fault then I guess."

Mercedes motorsport boss Wolff felt Ricciardo's move was "questionable" and it was "more of a mistake" of the Australian, but like Rosberg he accepted the stewards' decision.

As for the race overall, Wolff added: "For us, it was incident packed. We had more incidents in this one race than we did throughout the season.

"We knew that day would come, and it was today. It was a nightmare for all of us."

shares
comments
Losing Ferrari 1-2 in Hungarian GP painful - Kimi Raikkonen

Previous article

Losing Ferrari 1-2 in Hungarian GP painful - Kimi Raikkonen

Next article

Lotus F1 drivers halfway to race bans based on penalty points

Lotus F1 drivers halfway to race bans based on penalty points
Load comments
The figures Red Bull and Mercedes can't afford to see again in F1 2021 Plus

The figures Red Bull and Mercedes can't afford to see again in F1 2021

OPINION: An interloper squad got amongst the title contenders during Formula 1’s street-circuit mini-break, where Red Bull left with the points lead in both championships. But, as the campaign heads back to purpose-built venues once again, how the drivers of the two top teams compare in one crucial area will be a major factor in deciding which squad stays in or retakes the top spot

Why Alfa's boss is ready for the task of securing a stronger F1 future Plus

Why Alfa's boss is ready for the task of securing a stronger F1 future

Two tenth places in recent races have lifted Alfa Romeo to the head of Formula 1's 'Class C' battle in 2021, but longer-term the Swiss-based squad has far loftier ambitions. With the new 2022 rules set to level out the playing field, team boss Frederic Vasseur has good reason to be optimistic, as he explained to Autosport in an exclusive interview

Formula 1
Jun 15, 2021
How Barnard’s revolutionary McLaren transformed F1 car construction Plus

How Barnard’s revolutionary McLaren transformed F1 car construction

The MP4/1 was pioneering by choice, but a McLaren by chance. STUART CODLING relates the tangled (carbonfibre) weaves which led to the creation of one of motor racing’s defining cars

Formula 1
Jun 15, 2021
Why the end is nigh for F1’s most dependable design tool Plus

Why the end is nigh for F1’s most dependable design tool

Windtunnel work forms the bedrock of aerodynamic development in Formula 1. But as PAT SYMONDS explains, advances in virtual research are signalling the end of these expensive and complicated relics

Formula 1
Jun 13, 2021
Why polarising Mosley’s legacy amounts to far more than tabloid rumour Plus

Why polarising Mosley’s legacy amounts to far more than tabloid rumour

The newspapers, naturally, lingered over Max Mosley’s tainted family history and niche sexual practices. But this is to trivialise the legacy of a big beast of motor racing politics. STUART CODLING weighs the life of a man whose work for safety on both road and track has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, but whose penchant for cruelty remains problematic and polarising

Formula 1
Jun 12, 2021
Why pragmatic Perez isn't fazed by no-nonsense Red Bull F1 culture Plus

Why pragmatic Perez isn't fazed by no-nonsense Red Bull F1 culture

Sergio Perez has spent most of his career labouring in Formula 1’s midfield, wondering whether he’d ever get another shot at the big time. Red Bull has handed him that chance and, although life at the top is tough, the Baku winner is doing all the right things to get on terms with Max Verstappen, says BEN ANDERSON

Formula 1
Jun 11, 2021
What the data tells us about the F1 2021 title fight Plus

What the data tells us about the F1 2021 title fight

Formula 1 has been tracking car performance using timing loops mounted every 200m around each circuit – to the extent that it was able to anticipate Ferrari’s 'surprise’ pole in Monaco. PAT SYMONDS explains what this means for this season and beyond

Formula 1
Jun 10, 2021
The weighty issue F1 needs to find a balance with Plus

The weighty issue F1 needs to find a balance with

OPINION: After consecutive street races with contrasting highlights, one theme stood out which has become a prevalent issue with modern Formula 1 cars. But is there a way to solve it or, at least, reach a happy middle ground to help all parties?

Formula 1
Jun 10, 2021