While Lewis Hamilton was attempting to overtake Fernando Alonso around the outside on lap 1 of the Belgian Grand Prix, the two drivers collided.
While Alonso was able to finish the race, Hamilton sustained damage to his car and was told by his team to retire.
Afterwards, Lewis admitted he was to blame for the incident.
“Looking back at the footage, he was in my blind spot and I didn’t leave him space, so it’s my fault today. I’m sorry to the team,” Lewis told Sky Sports F1.
Later in his media session, he further explained the incident.
“It was definitely my fault today,” he said.
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“It’s unfortunate. I mean, it’s motor racing. I gave it everything I tried to overtake on the outside into Turn 5.
“I just didn’t leave quite enough space and I paid the price for it. So yeah, it wasn’t intentional. It just happened.”
In the incident Hamilton’s car sustained serious damage, as it was launched into the air and slammed hard back onto the tarmac.
“I remember looking at the ground, it was definitely high up. I’m grateful to be still alive and in shape.
“I could hear something’s broken in the gearbox. Coming down I would have broken so much in the back end, so I was told to stop.
“But obviously in that moment, you’re hopeful you can keep going,” Hamilton concluded.