Lewis Hamilton on crash – ‘Incredibly disappointed in myself’

SPIELBERG, Austria — Lewis Hamilton believes he could have qualified in the top three drivers at Friday’s Austrian Grand Prix had he not made a rare mistake and crashed in the final session.

Hamilton lost the rear of his car midway through Turn 7 before going over the gravel and making heavy contact with the barrier.

The crash means he will start tenth in Saturday’s sprint race – the result of which will set the grid for Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

“I’m fine,” Hamilton said after the session. “It was a great success, but I’m fine.

“Ultimately I’m incredibly disappointed in myself. I feel so sorry for the team, everyone worked so hard to put this car together and I never like damaging it or bringing it back damaged.

“I think we fought for the top three and I don’t have an answer as to what happened. I just lost the back end at Turn 7 and that was it.”

After showing promising pace at last weekend’s British Grand Prix, Hamilton is confident he can move up the rankings in Saturday’s sprint.

“I’m definitely encouraged,” he said. “I’m obviously encouraged to see our performance, we didn’t expect to be so close today so that’s a big plus for the team.

“But I’m really quite far behind so I don’t know what’s possible from there, but we also have a sprint race so I’m hoping to catch up on some lost time tomorrow.”

Teammate George Russell also crashed out of qualifying but will start fifth after setting a lap time before his accident in Q3.

When asked if he had a lucky escape as he secured fifth on the grid in a session where he retired, Russell said: “I wouldn’t say a lucky escape, we have to check the accident damage and there is no luck or happiness about making such a mistake.

“It could have been P4 – I was a tenth up on my lap and absolutely went for it thinking there was a chance of third place. As it turned out, probably not.

“We just have to see how much damage is done so the team and the guys in the garage are sorry.”

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Emma Bowman

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