Hamilton felt Albon clash was a ‘racing incident’

Mark Scott
Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton took full responsibility for his qualifying infraction but felt his latest collision with Alex Albon in Austria was a racing incident.

Hamilton was hit with a very late three-place grid drop after Red Bull protested the FIA decision to take no further action against him for allegedly failing to slow under yellow flags in Q3 on Saturday.

The defending World Champion, who started P5, was then hit with another penalty in the latter stages of the race – a five-second penalty after causing a collision with Alex Albon who, on fresher tyres, was looking to overtake Hamilton for P2 following a Safety Car period.

Hamilton had no issue with his initial grid drop but had a difference of opinion when it came to discussing the Albon clash.

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“I don’t really feel particularly anywhere right now,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1 after the race.

“The race is done and I just feel like moving forwards.

“Of course it’s not been a great weekend for me and yesterday [qualifying] was entirely my fault. It was a bit odd today in the preparation to suddenly get a penalty but it is what it is.

“It didn’t destabilise me and just encouraged me to go out there and drive as best I could.

“I feel like I did that. I obviously had great pace to catch up with Valtteri and then there was a really unfortunate incident with Alex.

“I can’t believe we have come together again but it really felt like a racing incident. But, I’ll take whatever penalty they feel like I deserve and move forward.”

The penalty meant that Hamilton finished outside of the podium places on Formula 1’s return to action, with Lando Norris becoming the third youngest podium finisher in Formula 1 history and the youngest Brit to do so.

Further to Hamilton’s five-second penalty, he was also hit with two penalty points being added to his racing licence.

He now has seven in total for the current 12-month period with 12 points resulting in a race ban.

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