Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton became ensnared at the first corner, where Valtteri Bottas drove into him at the apex, an indiscretion that earned the Williams man a drive-through penalty and given two penalty points.
Hamilton said that the collision left him with damage for the rest of the race and he believes turn 1 collision was just a racing incident.
“I think it was just a bad getaway from myself, I don’t think it was anything technical,” says Hamilton.
“I lost a lot of performance from the car; whoever was on the inside was in my blind spot. It was just a racing incident,” says Lewis Hamilton of his Turn One contact with Bottas.
Bottas claims stewards judged to be at fault. Following the incident the Finn continued in, but the penalty meant he could only finish ninth.
“Well I was committed into turn one,” the Williams driver told Sky after the race, “and at the point I braked in the corner, I was turning into the corner then everyone seemed to go very, very tight inside and it was too late”.
“I was trying to brake as hard as I could and I was trying to keep the inside as far as I could. But I went a bit sideways and we hit. It’s a shame because I got a penalty and for sure he lost some places because of that.”