Lewis Hamilton has admitted to making a mistake at the Emilia Romagna GP. He admitted that ‘impatience’ caused his error. It cost him a chance to challenge the Red Bull of Max Verstappen. But the seven-time champion explained why he “refused at that moment to believe the race was over”.
“First, I want to acknowledge and congratulate Max, he did a solid job today to not make mistakes in the trickiest of conditions,” Hamilton said after the race. “What can I say? It was looking good from the get-go. Obviously, I lost position to Max at the start which made it tricky, but then I was catching there and so it was getting exciting but there was only one line and I was probably a bit too impatient I would say, which is rare for me. Just got caught out on the wet patch, off towards the wall and I was there for a long time.”
Lewis Hamilton was on course to overtake Verstappen at the Emilia Romagna GP before he committed a mistake while lapping George Russell. He had just switched to dry tires after pitting a lap earlier. Unfortunately, the Tosa corner was still slippery and he skids nose-first into the gravel. The front of his car just touched the barriers. It looked like he was heading for his first retirement since 2018.
Hamilton stayed patient and was soon able to find reverse gear and pitted for a new front wing. Soon after the pit-stop, the race was red-flagged for a crash between Bottas and Russell with Hamilton in ninth. He managed to overtake eight cars by the end of the race. His error-free end to the race ensured that the reigning World Champion maintained his lead atop the driver’s standings. He accrued a bonus point right at the end.