Hamilton: I was gutted


Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was more gutted for his team than he was at himself for not picking up his first race victory of the season at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Starting on pole, the World Champion collided with teammate Nico Rosberg on Turn 3 in Lap 1 which resulted in both of them retiring early.

Rosberg claimed Hamilton’s position on the first corner and when the Brit tried to take it back, his front right tyre clipped the German as both of them spun out the track and ended up the gravel with their race ended.

On who to blame for accident, the three-time World Champion refused to point any fingers and was apologetic to the team for costing them valuable points.

“I’m not going to get into that,” the 31-year-old explained. “Firstly, I want to make an apology to all of our team.

“When I stopped my heart just sank because there’s 1300-odd people in our team who all work so hard for us to be here.

“To not deliver for them, it’s honestly indescribable how gutted I was.

“I was catching him and he wasn’t on the racing line, he was on the inside, slightly to the right [in Turn 3].

“But the gap to the left was much smaller than the one to the right so I went for the right.

“There was a gap there and as a racing driver when you are going 17ks faster you go for the gap.

“I’m going to try to move forward, and to let the team know I’m going to do all I can to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”