Lewis Hamilton apologizes to Mercedes: “I just lost it for a second”

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Lewis Hamilton has apologized to Mercedes for his team radio outburst, after the team decided not to pit him for soft tyres during the Safety Car period.

Lewis Hamilton was catching Max Verstappen at the Dutch Grand Prix, before the Safety Car came out. Verstappen then pitted for fresh soft tyres, while Mercedes decided to leave Lewis on the track on older mediums, hoping that he will be able to keep P1 in the final laps of the race.

However, the team did pit George Russell for fresh softs, and ultimately Lewis got overtaken by Verstappen, Russell and Leclerc, finishing the race in P4.

The Briton was obviously not happy and expressed his frustration to the team over the radio.

“I can’t believe you guys f**** me, can’t tell you how *** I am,” Lewis said.

However, after having a talk with the team, he apologized for his outburst.


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“I was just on the edge of breaking point with emotions and my apologies to the team because I don’t even remember what I said, I just lost it for a second,” the Briton said.

“But I think they know that there is just so much passion and I want to look at it as a glass half full.

“We came here struggling from last race, we were fighting against the Red Bulls today, we were quicker than most at many points.

“Without the safety car I think we’d have been challenging them for the win at the end on the one-stop which I don’t think the others could do.

“So, many great things to take from it, the car was finally working. If this can be the same in the future races, we’re going to be continuing to breathe down their necks and we’re going to get that win,” Hamilton concluded.

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