Baku Heartbreak “One of the Toughest Moments I’ve Had in a While”: Lewis Hamilton

Published 06/07/2021, 4:26 AM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP prepares to drive on the grid prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 09, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Before a race weekend even begins, it is assumed that Lewis Hamilton, a seven-time champion, will emerge as the race winner, or finish on the podium, at the very least. However, things were different this time for the Briton, who not only lost out on a podium, but even finished outside the points, in a lowly 15th.


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When his title rival, Max Verstappen, crashed out in the final laps of the race, there seemed to be nothing between Hamilton and the race win. However, just moments after the standing restart, he made a grave mistake, one he will regret for ages to come.

The Knight has admitted that this was one of the toughest moments in his career. However, he is still confident that the team will come back stronger in the next race.


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Lewis Hamilton apologies to his team after Baku failure

Hamilton said, “An unfortunate day, a humbling experience and I’m so sorry for the team. We did a good job to be in the position we were in today, to be out of the top ten on Friday and come back was down to the hard work of the men and women in this team.

“When Checo came towards me after the restart, I turned the wheel and flicked a switch which shifts the brake balance and that caused me to lock up.”

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel

“It’s one of the toughest moments I’ve had for a while – one moment we had all the points and the next we had none but for sure, we’ll regroup and come back,” Hamilton concluded.

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The Knight gives the reason for his costly mistake

The Mercedes driver took the race lead soon after the restart, but accidentally clipped a switch that locked his breaks. He then slid off the track at Turn 1, allowing Verstappen’s teammate, Sergio Perez, to win the race.

This forced Lewis to finish the race in 15th, breaking his streak of 54 points finishes in F1.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action at the start of the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Explaining how it all went down, Hamilton, as quoted by Autosport, said, “I’m not entirely sure, but I hit some sort of switch that caused only the front brakes to work. There’s a button we have to help keep the front brakes up [to temperature].

“As Perez pulled over, I reacted and accidentally latched on the switch. It just locked up and I went straight on,” he concluded.

The number 44 driver rarely makes mistakes, and such grave ones, even more so. He will surely let his blunder at Baku fuel his hunger for the title and will look to redeem himself at the French Grand Prix.


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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.