Brazilian GP: Lewis Hamilton says he is 'human' after dramatic crash in qualifying

Nov 13, 2017, 08:20 IST | PA Sport

After suffering dramatic crash in qualifying yesterday, Mercedes' F1 driver Lewis Hamilton says every day is a learning despite being world champion

After suffering dramatic crash in qualifying yesterday, Mercedes' F1 driver Lewis Hamilton says every day is a learning despite being world champion

Lewis Hamilton believes his dramatic qualifying crash proves he is human after his first competitive return to action since winning the world championship lasted less than two minutes. Hamilton, who clinched his fourth F1 title at Mexico, lost control of his Mercedes at 160mph on his very first lap. Following a very light sprinkling of rain, the Englishman thudded into the tyre barrier at turn six, and remained in his cockpit for some moments with advertising hoardings on top of his car.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton’s damaged car is towed away from the racetrack after he crashed it during qualifying for the Brazilian GP at the Interlagos Circuit in Sao Paulo on Saturday. pic/AFP
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton’s damaged car is towed away from the racetrack after he crashed it during qualifying for the Brazilian GP at the Interlagos Circuit in Sao Paulo on Saturday. pic/AFP

Hamilton took time to regain his composure following the high-speed crash — informing his team that he was not injured — before walking away from the wreck. Hamilton sustained significant damage to his car — with the front left of his Silver Arrows bearing the brunt of the impact — and he will now start Sunday's race, the penultimate of his title-winning season, from the back of the grid. "It is very unusual from me, but it shows we are all human," Hamilton said. "I'm okay. It happened really quickly. Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them makes life meaningful. I just need to take whatever bubble of negativity from this experience and move forward and grow."

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton qualified only 18th at this race in 2009 and fought back through the field to finish third. "Years ago I came back from quite far behind and had a great race," he added. "I will try to have as much fun as possible." Hamilton topped both practice sessions on Friday, with his Mercedes team appearing on course to dominate the last but one race of the season.

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