“Can You Believe That?”: After $52,000 Penalty, Lewis Hamilton’s Ex-Nemesis Divulges Shocking Fact

Published 10/09/2023, 10:39 AM EDT

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Seven world championships, 103 wins, 104 pole positions, 4599.5 total points, and 196 podiums are just the highlights of what Lewis Hamilton has achieved his in Formula 1 career spanning 17 years. That’s right, the Brit has been racing in the premier class for seventeen long years. During this time, as of the 2023 Qatar GP, Hamilton has made 327 race starts. However, unlike the Qatar GP, Hamilton has finished most of the races he’s started. In fact, the statistic showcasing Hamilton’s race consistency is so astonishing that even his ex-nemesis, Nico Rosberg, was in awe during the post-race analysis.

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Rosberg and Hamilton became ardent rivals as they fought tooth and nail for the 2016 championship. However, despite Rosberg’s shock retirement from the sport the German has not been out of sight. He has taken over journalistic duties around the sport with Sky. So discussing Hamilton’s crash with George Russell, Rosberg’s colleague, another Sky reporter, revealed an interesting statistic that even left Rosberg in awe.

The Sky Sports reporter revealed something incredible while Hamilton’s right rear damaged rim was on display. He said, “We’ve only seen it out, for starters, six times in what’s been a 17-year Formula 1 career so..” To this, Rosberg said, Can you believe that? The skill? His whole career and he’s only gone out six times in F1.”

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Hamilton’s incredible consistency is not talked about enough and when you put his 6 defectors into perspective compared to his 327 race starts, it truly is mind-boggling. However, the Brit is still human, and he showcased that with his $52,000 penalty for failure of not following the safety procedure.

Minutes After Ugly Crash With George Russell, Lewis Hamilton Makes 2-Word Confession

Although despite the grave error, the humble giant took full responsibility for it.

Lewis Hamilton makes a public apology after reviewing the crash footage

You’d think a seven-time world champion being taken out by his younger, less experienced teammate would cause a whole lot of drama and tension within a team. However, that was not the case with Hamilton and Russell. Keeping all ego aside, the Brit was seen walking up to Russell to apologize for causing the crash while accepting his fault.

In fact, Hamilton made a public apology as well after the race during a post-race interview when asked to comment on the crash.

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Speaking to the media, Hamilton confessed, “Gutting. Massive apology to everyone back at the factory. It was just probably a racing incident. I take full responsibility for it. I don’t think George had anywhere to go. I’ve watched the replay, and it was 100% my fault, and I take full responsibility. Apologies to my team and to George.”

Hamilton basically outlined what we all saw in the replays. However, it was good to see the Brit not being ignorant of his actions.

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WATCH THIS STORY: Watch: Lewis Hamilton Gets Past Flashbacks Against George Russell at the 2023 Spanish GP

This was the second race week in a row where the two Mercedes men’s egos clashed. However, we are sure this crash would make matters worse in the Mercedes garage.

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