Lewis Hamilton Shares a Deeply Emotional Message After Mistakenly Hitting the Jackman at Sochi

Published 09/25/2021, 3:36 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in second position for the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


It was a good start for the weekend for the Mercedes as they locked out the front row in Free Practice sessions. They were fast from the get-go, but there was a minor hiccup for Lewis Hamilton in the FP2 session.

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While coming to his pit box, Hamilton knocked over a jackman while stopping his car. The jackman fell to the ground while trying to stop the car. Fortunately, Mercedes have confirmed that the jackman is fine, the seven-time world champion took to social media to apologize for his action.

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My heart was in my mouth, I was so worried: Lewis Hamilton

The Mercedes driver took to Instagram to mention that he was very worried about the jackman while he was in the car. He continued by saying that mistakes are a part of life and he will try to come back stronger.

“I believe this is the first time I’ve taken out a mechanic in 14 years. My heart was in my mouth. I was so worried. Thankfully he was ok, pretty courageous to stand in front of the car like that. We all make mistakes.

“It’s part of the journey, but it’s how we come back from them that matters most,” wrote Lewis.

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The Mercedes driver will look to capitalize on Verstappen’s penalty

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Max Verstappen will start from the back of the field as he has taken a new engine at Sochi. But Hamilton mentioned that Max’s penalty won’t affect his race preparation.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 24, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

“(Max’s penalty) doesn’t really change anything for us. We just have to do our thing and focus on moving forwards. It’s a tough year for everyone with reliability so that’s definitely a shame for him, but we’ve got to try to capitalize on that and try to maximize our result,” said Lewis on Max’s penalty.

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But despite the Dutchman’s penalty, Bottas and Hamilton were looking rapid and looks unstoppable by the Red Bull. It would be interesting to see whether both Mercs would are allowed to race each other.

Do you have any predictions for Sunday’s race?

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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