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Definitely a very bad day in the office – Hamilton

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Hamilton accepts blame on ‘bad day at the office’
Following that action-packed race Lewis Hamilton still leads the championship, but it might have been so much more straightforward had he led away from pole.

It all started with a poor start when the lights went green, with Hamilton swamped by his team-mate and both Ferraris into Turn 1. Then the Brit tried to catch on to Rosberg only to lock up at the chicane and float further down the order into 11th place.

Following the safety car period, Ricciardo collide with both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton in closing laps; Hamilton finishes sixth after front-wing change and drive-through penalty.

“The start wasn’t actually that tricky, the Ferraris got a good start or whoever it was behind. But that was a tough afternoon.” Hamilton said

But you must be relieved after all that to have finished sixth?

“I haven’t even thought about it yet. I definitely had a very bad day in the office, but I am grateful that the team made a great deal with the calls that I was at least able to get a couple of points.”

You said sorry to the team. What were you sorry for?

“The race.”

The whole race? “Yep.”

I’ll come back stronger – Hamilton

A bit more from Lewis Hamilton: “Today was weird. Do I deserve any points? I didn’t give up and drove as hard as I could.

“To come away from one of the worst performances I’ve put in in a long, long time… it shows we are human.

“The team worked incredibly hard but I’ll come back stronger.”

Hamilton ‘all over the place’

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton (sixth) talking to BBC Sport’s Jennie Gow: “I was all over the place. I don’t have any words to explain what happened today. It was a really bad performance from myself.

“I pushed and never gave up but when I had two different choices I chose the wrong one very time.”

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