Lewis Hamilton and George Russell were involved in an unfortunate collision at the start of the Qatar Grand Prix.
After the race, once he saw the replay of the incident, Lewis said it was “100%” his fault, and he apologized to George and the Mercedes team.
Toto Wolff’s replacement at Qatar – Mercedes’ Motorsport Communications Director Bradley Lord – said this shows Lewis’ “strength of character”.
“Lewis doing that and being able to have the strength of character to come out and speak as he has done shows that champions aren’t just made in the winning moments, but also in the most difficult ones,” Lord said.
“And it speaks volumes to his strength of character that he is able to do that.”
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Lord added this situation will not detract from the team’s goal to finish second in the Constructors’ Championship.
“There’s no intention for them to come together on track, [but] they have done [it]. That’s never our goal.
“And they’re both very, very aware of the team’s objective, and they want to work together to get us to second in the championship and secure that P2.
“The debrief is ongoing as I’m sitting here and I have absolutely no doubt it’s the same conversation they’re having there as well,” the Briton concluded.