Hamilton crashes out in Hungary practice
Lewis Hamilton has apologised to his Mercedes team after his bid to take charge of the Formula One championship hit a minor bump when he crashed out of practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix yesterday.
The defending champion, who is just one point behind team-mate Nico Rosberg in the title race, made an uncharacteristic mistake at turn 11, losing control of his car and thudding into the safety barriers.
Hamilton managed to limp back to his Mercedes garage, but he sustained damage to the left-hand side of his car, and was ruled out for the remainder of the second practice session after completing only four laps.
Hamilton’s error paved the way for Rosberg, who has signed a new two-year contract to extend his Mercedes stay until the end of the 2018 season, to post the fastest time of the day, comfortably ahead of Daniel Ricciardo with Sebastian Vettel a distant third for Ferrari. Despite crashing with just 15 minutes on the clock, Hamilton’s lap was still good enough for fifth.