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I don’t know why I got hit, says Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton: I was in a good position and I'd already got past one of the Ferraris, but then I was hit by Kamui [Kobayashi]. I don't really know what happened, but I hit the wall pretty hard and my race was immediately over.
Lewis Hamilton was in the wars in Belgium again today and after the controversy with Pastor Maldonado on Saturday, he crashed out on lap 13 following contact with Kamui Kobayashi.

The incident occurred when Hamilton and Kobayashi touched on the approach to Les Combes.

Seconds before Lewis had used the DRS to successfully pass the Sauber on the Kemmel straight, but as he edged left to take the ideal line the pair tangled. The result saw Lewis' McLaren spat hard into the Armco on the outside before coming to rest in the run-off area.

Hamilton, who had been running fourth at the time and who looked well placed to challenge for a podium, was bitterly disappointed.

“I was in a good position and I'd already got past one of the Ferraris, but then I was hit by Kamui [Kobayashi]," Hamilton said. "I don't really know what happened, but I hit the wall pretty hard and my race was immediately over. I was ahead, so I don't know why I got hit.

“There have been quite a few races this year where we've not finished [in fact, this was only his second DNF after Canada], and this is another – but that's motor racing.

“At least our pace was reasonably good this weekend, so let's hope we can win more races in the remainder of the season.”

McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh unsurprisingly felt it wasn't Lewis' fault: “I thought he was extremely unlucky to be tapped from behind by Kamui – and, as we all saw all too clearly, the result was a pretty nasty shunt,” Whitmarsh stated.

“Thankfully he climbed out unhurt, which is the main thing. It was hugely frustrating for us – of course it was – but that's motor racing and all we can do now is draw a line under it and move on.”

Kobyashi meanwhile, who could continue and who eventually finished twelfth, said he wasn't trying to re-take fourth position.

“I knew perfectly well he was faster than me so had no reason to fight with him. After he overtook me it was not my intention to get my position back, so I stayed on my line and didn't expect him to move over,” Kobayashi confirmed.

For the record, the stewards decided not to look into the matter, assumingly judging it a 'racing incident'.


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Mark _

August 28, 2011 5:58 PM

Drivers are going to make mistakes. It is not the mistake that bothers me. It is the refusal to ever admit an error on top of the blatent lying that makes it so hard to like this guy.



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