Lewis Hamilton: “This was just an unfortunate incident”


Lewis Hamilton - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Lewis Hamilton did not lay any blame for the last lap tangle with Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team-mate Nico Rosberg, feeling it was more like a racing incident than anything else.

The team-mates were battling for the race win at the Red Bull Ring when they reached turn two on the final lap side by side, with Rosberg appearing to fail to give Hamilton any room on the outside, the two colliding as a result, and although Rosberg dropped to fourth due to damage, Hamilton continued on and took the victory.

Hamilton now turns his attention to his home Grand Prix at Silverstone next week, aiming for another strong result and a fourth British Grand Prix triumph.

“I was in a good position, head down and targeting as many points as possible today – The opportunity to try for the win came on the final lap when Nico ran wide out of Turn 1,” said Hamilton.

“I was then able to get a good run on him and went down the outside, leaving as much room as I could. I was surprised to make contact with Nico and then from there I just tried to push as hard as possible, passing him ahead of the next corner as he slowed due to the sparks coming off his car.

“This is motor racing and the team allow us to race and it’s the aim for both of us to win races – this was just an unfortunate incident today. I’m looking forward to getting to Silverstone to catch up with my fans and hopefully I can get another good result there.”