Lewis Hamilton Explains Barrier Contact After Sliding Off During Imola F1 Race

Published 04/19/2021, 7:26 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Bryn Lennon Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon


Lewis Hamilton was the favorite to win the second round of the championship but lost to Verstappen. Hamilton was chasing down the Dutchman but pushed too hard around the circuit, which resulted in going on off track.

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Red Bull’s Verstappen came out on top after defeating Mercedes in Imola. When Lewis went off, there was a sense of relief at the Milton-Keynes-based team. However, Hamilton chased down the pack and was in the rearview mirrors of Verstappen, but couldn’t close the gap.

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

Lewis Hamilton refused to believe the race was over for him

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In the post-race press conference, Hamilton revealed, “Yeah, it just wouldn’t go into reverse so I was holding the reverse button and it took forever to engage. I didn’t think it was going to work. I tried reversing and then tried to kind of do a burnout spin to get going again.”

“And I was back in the barrier so then it took a long time again to get back in reverse. And when I was reversing, I was like I’ve just got to keep going backwards and work my way out in reverse and if I hadn’t done that I would probably still have been there now so I’m grateful for it, “ Lewis concluded.

Hamilton admits to not having the best of starts in Imola

Verstappen overtook the Knight in the opening laps of the race. Hamilton stated that he didn’t get off to a good start and hence lost the lead in the race.

Hamilton stated, “I didn’t get a good start. “Max got a better start than me and I think I was slightly ahead going into Turn 2 but I was basically avoiding us coming together. Max was just coming across, so we had that touch.”

Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during practice REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane

And I had to use the exit, take those big kerbs, but I’m grateful I just got through it and didn’t damage much more than the endplate,” He concluded.

Hamilton is still currently leading in the driver’s championship and hopes the next race he can be number one again. He will be eagerly waiting for the third round of the championship as they are off to Portugal. The Mercedes driver will be looking to take home all 25 points from that race. What did you think of Hamilton’s recovery driver? Let us know in the comments below.

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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.

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