Hamilton gets a Pitlane Start at Brazilian GP

Hamilton gets a Pitlane Start at Brazilian GP

Four-time world champion Lewis Hamilton will start from the pitlane during the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday at Interlagos since his team broke the parc ferme rules about adding new parts.

Hamilton crashed into the barriers during his first flying lap at the high speed uphill Ferradura right-hander.

Since he would start from the back of the grid as he didn’t set a Q1 time, Mercedes decided to fit new parts “of a different specification to those used in qualifying”.

Hamilton’s car will get his fifth internal combustion engine, MGU-H and turbocharger.

After dominating FP1 and FP2 on Friday, Hamilton was the favourite to win the pole position. But he crashed minutes after starting his first Q1 run. This was the Briton’s first miss at Q1 since the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix.

Hamilton lost the rear of his car while navigating the mid-corner and crashed into the barrier, left front first. He apologised to his team over the radio and exited the car unassisted.

Talking to reports after the session ended, Hamilton said: “I was just taken by surprise. The car bottomed out a bit. If you look at the replay, the car is bottoming throughout the corner.

“Often when it bottoms, it stalls the floor, and that often happens when the car is cold and the tyres are cold. These sort of things happen.

“I hadn’t gone in there any quicker than I had done before, anything like that, but it’s my fault and I should take full responsibility.”

When asked if it was easier to not worry too much since the championship is decided, Hamilton said: “It feels the same as it would at another point in the season.

“It’s less painful as the championship is done but I still feel it just as much. I take a lot of pride in my commitment and how I drive.

“I haven’t made any mistakes all year, and it’s been a long time since I’ve put the car in the wall. But it happens.

“Once it happens, there’s no point dwelling on it. All I can do is keep my head high and move forward.

“It had been a good weekend up until then. Hopefully, you can tell I’ve not lifted off the gas and backing off. I was going for it. But I’m human still.

“I’m starting from the pitlane, it’s not the most exciting but you can only go forward from there. I will try to give it everything I’ve got.”

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