Lewis Hamilton: “That is not what you expect from a champion”

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After crashing two times during Russian Grand Prix Qualifying, Lewis Hamilton said he was “incredibly disappointed” with himself.

Lewis Hamilton seemed to be on his way to snatch another pole position on the drying Sochi track, when he hit the pit entry wall and damaged his front wing.

“It was just a mistake from myself,” Lewis told Sky Sports F1 after the session.

“Ultimately I’m incredibly disappointed with myself. Until then I was in a groove, in my zone and I am really sorry for all the team here and back in the factory.

“That is not what you expect from a champion. It is what it is and I will give it my best to try and rectify it.”

After his front wing had been replaced, Lewis took to the track on soft tyres, but he was having trouble with tyre warm-up. Ultimately he spun and hit the barriers.


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“It was horrible at the end. Very poor grip, very slippery when you don’t have any temperature and I was losing temperature on the lap. Twice in the wall, that is very rare for me.”

Lewis’ earlier flying lap on intermediate tyres was enough to secure P4, which is actually quite impressive. However, the Briton is careful while assessing his chances for tomorrow.

“The guys up front have got good pace and it definitely won’t be easy. I am just going to say my prayers and hope the car can be fixed and it is hopefully okay for tomorrow.

“These things are sent to try us. I feel terrible right now but I will turn it into a positive and try and do my best,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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