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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton explains panic of mid-race crash at Imola

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton said it wasn't his 'greatest day', after sliding off midway through the Emilia Romagna GP.

Hamilton Verstappen rain Imola
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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has recovered to finish in second position at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, following a mid-race crash.

The reigning Champion had just emerged from the pits following the switch from the intermediate to dry tyres, and was negotiating traffic as he attempted to close on race leader Max Verstappen.

However, while lapping George Russell's Williams, Hamilton got onto the wet patch at Tosa and slid wide into the gravel and damaged his front wing against the barrier. The red flags were shown moments later, and Hamilton was able to repair and recover in the second half of the race.

"On my side it was not the greatest of days, it's the first time I've made a mistake in a long time," Hamilton admitted afterwards. "But I'm grateful I was able to bring the car home today.

"There was only one dry line, and I guess I was in too much of a hurry to get by everyone. I came to the inside and I could see it was wet and I was trying to stop, but the thing wouldn't stop and it sent me off."

Having been beaten off the line by Verstappen, Hamilton congratulated his rival as he retains his championship lead over the Dutch driver by taking the fastest lap point with three laps remaining.

"Congratulations to Max, he did a fantastic job today - just solid
work from him," the Mercedes driver said.

"And also to Lando, what an awesome job and it's so good
to see McLaren back up there.

"A bit unfortunate but I'm really really grateful we were able to get
going again, and to get some points for the team was really important
today."

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