Lewis Hamilton has issued a “massive” apology to Alex Albon for wiping him out of a podium position at the Brazilian GP.
The collision between Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel, prompting the second Safety Car of the afternoon, saw Albon running P2 behind his team-mate Max Verstappen with two laps to go as Hamilton chased him down.
But the six-time World Champion would take a lunge on the Red Bull driver, sending him into a spin and ultimately a P15 finish.
Hamilton would cross the line P3 behind Pierre Gasly, though the Briton would be handed a five-second time penalty for his troubles, meaning Carlos Sainz would end up going from starting P20 to earning his first podium in F1 with third.
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And it seems Hamilton could be resigned to his fate after suggesting that the crash was his fault before offering a “massive apology” to Albon who was set for his maiden podium.
“I massively apologise to Albon,” he said when speaking to Sky Sports.
“I went for a move, the gap was kind of there, but obviously it closed at the end and completely my fault.
“But still a great race Max did a fantastic job today and they just outclassed us in terms of overall performance and we couldn’t keep up with them on the straights.
“But I raced my heart out, I gave it everything, I put everything on the table and I took a lot of risks today. We threw everything and the sink at it. I don’t think there’s anything we could do.”