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Lewis Hamilton explains Baku podium delay

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2018 Azerbaijan Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton was late to the podium in Baku – but as he explains, there was a very good reason for it.

The Brit went to tell Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas that the win should have been his. Hamilton was only third at the late safety car restart, he received top podium place following Sebastian Vettel ran wide trying to overtake Bottas and was Bottas race ended with a dramatic rear puncture.

“I have very mixed emotions for today,” said Hamilton. “It’s really quite a humbling experience.

“Ultimately, Valtteri deserved to win. He did an exceptional job, a faultless drive. Less so on my side.

“Straight away when I got out of the car and did the interviews I went to see Valtteri. I just wanted to congratulate him on how well he drove and that’s why I was late to the podium.

“Valtteri was very, very unfortunate. A one-two would have been a great result for today. I wouldn’t have got by him if he hadn’t had that tyre blowout.”

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