Lewis Hamilton admitted he was ‘gutted’ for his Mercedes AMG PETRONAS team after he and team-mate Nico Rosberg collided on the opening lap of Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Having started from pole position, Hamilton lost the lead at the first corner to his team-mate, but made a overtaking attempt on the exit of turn three after a better run out of the corner than Rosberg, only to see the gap he was aiming for disappear quickly, pushing him onto the grass and losing control.
With the #44 out of control, he headed straight to the scene of the accident, collecting Rosberg on the way to the turn four gravel trap, and Hamilton believed that a potential 1-2 finish was lost due to the crash.
“I had a decent start from pole but got slipstreamed on the way to the first corner and lost the lead,” said Hamilton.
“Coming out of turn three, I was catching Nico really quickly and went for the gap on the right – I had part of my car alongside but then had to take to the grass. The gap was there and, if you’re a racing driver, you go for that gap. We saw what happened after that.
“I’m hurt and disappointed for the team most of all because we lost 43 points today. We’re all here working together towards the same result and the team give me the opportunity to race with the work they do.
“When I came to a stop in the gravel trap, all I could think about was how gutted I was for the team – that’s where I feel the pain. But we will move on together and come back stronger in Monaco.”