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Hamilton apologises to Mercedes for penalty

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Lewis Hamilton has apologized to his Mercedes team following he was handed a five-second time penalty for driving unnecessarily slowly in the pit lane during the Bahrain Grand Prix.

During the first part of the race Lance Stroll’s Williams was parked in a dangerous position at the exit of turn one following crash with Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and its resulted a Safety Car entry.

Most cars take the pit-stop and also the race leaders Valtteri Bottas and team-mate Hamilton, too, but fearing he would lose time queuing behind his Mercedes team-mate, Hamilton slowed down on his approach to the Mercedes garage and effectively blocked Red Bull Danie Ricciardo. The five-second penalty cost Brit’s top podium finish in Bahrain.

“It was my fault,” says Lewis Hamilton of his slow entry into the pit lane which earned him that five-second penalty. It was a very difficult race, it didn’t start out the best, the pit lane was really my fault so apologies for the team for losing there. Hamilton says following the race

“I tried my hardest to catch up, but there was a long, long way to go, 19 seconds [after the final pit stop]. I gave it everything I could, Ferrari did a great job today, so we’re going to push hard together, regather as a team and come back fighting.

“Of course the disappointment is there, losing points for the team, particularly when you could have potentially won the race. It’s definitely painful but it is what it is, all I can say is I gave it everything I could.”

Triple-time world champion secure the second place in the drivers’ standings, seven points behind Vettel.

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