Lewis Hamilton: “It’ll be damage limitation tomorrow”

Lewis Hamilton - Credit: Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team

Lewis Hamilton took full responsibility for the error that saw his chance of taking pole position for the European Grand Prix at the Baku Street Circuit, with his session ending with a broken suspension after hitting the wall at turn twelve.

The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS driver revealed that the rhythm he had during Friday’s running at Baku seemed to desert him, and the Briton will be looking to fight back during Sunday’s race from tenth on the grid having failed to set a representative lap time before his crash in Q3.

“It’s a fine line between being on it and not being on it – and I just wasn’t on it today,” said Hamilton. “I had a fantastic rhythm yesterday but none whatsoever today.

“There’s no specific answer or excuse. I wasn’t hitting the right apexes or the right braking zones… it was just one of those sessions. Sometimes it happens. It was my fault, so I’ll apologise to the team and try to make up for it tomorrow.

“It’s always difficult to come back from this kind of position so it’ll be damage limitation tomorrow. I highly doubt I can challenge for the win – but I’ll give it my best shot and try to bring home as many points as I can.

“The car is good here and we’ve got more pace than most of the others. I’ve just got to make my way through any tangles at the first corner and see where I go from there.”