Lewis Hamilton claims damage made him lose the race

Lewis Hamilton claims damage made him lose the race

Mercedes F1 Racing team’s Lewis Hamilton said that the damage made by the collision with Valterriu Bottas at the early stages of Bahrain Grand Prix made it tough for him to catch with Kimi Raikkonen. As a result of this misfortune, Hamilton ended up in the third slot.

Williams’ Valtteri Bottas has crashed into Lewis Hamilton at the first corner in the early start of the Bahrain race, damaging Hamilton F1 car and making the race tough for the former world champion.

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The William driver has given a drive-through penalty for the collision incident and two penalty points. Bottas was handed a drive-through penalty after the incident deemed the fast-starting Williams’ driver to be at fault for colliding with Hamilton. Mercedes F1 Racing team boss Toto Wolff said that the damage done by this incident cost Hamilton one second a lap.

Despite the crash, Hamilton managed to recover and finish in third, but claimed later that his car was not the same after the collision.

“I had so much damage on the car I couldn’t keep up with Kimi. I did what I could with it, I was trying to keep the tyres,” Hamilton said in a statement, via the Motorsport.

“It was in the blind spot, I don’t know what happened. We could keep going, and I managed to continue and still had some performance in the car,” Lewis Hamilton added in a statement, via the Motorsport.

At the opening round of pit stops saw Mercedes F1 Team splits their strategy with Rosberg taking on a set of the soft tyres while teammate Hamilton opted for the more durable medium compound.

For a moment, it appeared to be like a normal run, but later Hamilton began to slow down and make a stop for a fresh set of rubbers, which is earlier than his teammate Rosberg and Ferrari’s Raikkonen. From here, Hamilton’s charge has stopped and failed to make any attempt to catch up with Raikkonen.

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