Hamilton ‘massively apologises’ to Albon

Date published: November 17 2019

Alex Albon says his Red Bull move took away the rookie feeling.

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.

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.”

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