Lewis Hamilton: “I’m incredibly disappointed in myself“

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After crashing into the barrier at the Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton has apologized to the team, but also added he’s “encouraged” by his car’s pace.

Lewis Hamilton seemed to be on his way to possibly his best qualifying result of the season, before he lost control of his car in Q3 and crashed into the barrier, without setting a representative lap.

The crash looked quite bad, but after the session Lewis confirmed he was unhurt.

“It was a big hit but I’m OK,” he said.

However, the same cannot be said for his car, which was quite badly damaged.

“I’m incredibly disappointed in myself, ultimately,” Lewis continued.

“I’m so sorry to the team, everyone worked so hard to put this car together. I never like to damage it or bring it back damaged.

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“We were fighting for a top three I think, and I don’t have an answer – I just lost the back end in Turn 7 and that was that.”

Unfortunately Lewis ultimately qualified in P10, but he finds the pace of his car encouraging.

“I’m encouraged, for sure. I am encouraged of course to see our performance, we were not expecting to be as close as that today so that’s a huge positive from the team.

“But I’m really quite far back, so I don’t know what’s possible from there, but we have a Sprint race as well, so I hope that tomorrow I can make up some lost time,” the Briton concluded.

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