Lewis Hamilton: “I’ll take my lesson and keep fighting”

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Lewis Hamilton responds to critics that say he overreacted in his Russian Grand Prix post-race statements.

After receiving two five-second penalties for pre-race practice start infringements, Lewis Hamilton was visibly upset. In his post-race interviews Hamilton even insinuated the FIA was trying to stop him and Mercedes. This prompted criticism from several F1 personalities, including F1’s motorsport boss Ross Brawn.

“Lewis has had some bad luck in the last few races, with the penalties in Monza and now Sochi,” wrote Brawn in his Russian Grand Prix debrief for the official F1 website.

“Personally, I would go away, lick my wounds and think about how I could prevent such incidences again in the future. That’s what I know the team will be doing.

“I know many of the people, from my time at the team, and they will recognise they have made some mistakes. Bad luck and mistakes happen, it’s how you respond that matters.

“It’s easy to think the world is against you, but there is nearly always something you could have done differently and you can learn from,” concluded Brawn.

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Today, on his social media channels, Lewis Hamilton posted a message that seemed to indicate he did think he overreacted a bit in his initial reactions.

“I may not always get it right in the face of adversity,” Hamilton wrote.

“I may not always react the way you want me to when tensions are hight, but I am only human after all and I am passionate about what I do.

“I’m learning a growing every day, and I’ll take my lesson and keep fighting on to the next one.

“Thank you to those who continue to support and are right there fighting with me.

“Still we rise,” concluded the six-time champion.

Win, lose or draw, we are right there with you, champ!

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