Lewis Hamilton had a rare scruffy race on the streets of Singapore with a driver error seeing him go head on into a barrier after a substantial lockup. Another error in the closing stages saw him once again fall victim to the slippery conditions having slid wide when attacking Sebastian Vettel, ultimately costing him a place to Max Verstappen.
The seven-time World Champion says he won’t dwell on his mistakes after eventually finishing in ninth. He puts his errors down to the tricky wet-dry conditions which several drivers also fell victim to on Sunday. The Mercedes driver also says the W13’s issues are amplified in wet rainy conditions.
"I knew it was all over from then, but these things happen,” Hamilton said while discussing his incident. “I’m not going to punish myself for a mistake. It was very tricky conditions for everyone. The problems that we have with this car are magnified in the rain, when it’s wet, and it’s a very, very hard car to drive in the rain.”
Hamilton went on to talk his opening lap contact with Carlos Sainz, which saw him pushed wide at turn 1. He says it was a racing incident, denying that his radio message was an attempt to get Sainz penalised and only to highlight that he did not intentionally driver off track.
“I was fine. It was racing,“ he said. “The only reason I mentioned it was because I didn’t want anyone to think I just drove off track, because there’s a bollard to the far right, but I was actually forced wide.”
To say it’s been a weekend of highs and lows is an understatement. Thank you always to the team for their hard work and for keeping the momentum going. Thank you to all the fans too. We’ll keep our heads down, keep fighting, and come back stronger in Japan. pic.twitter.com/ZQfHQM3eso— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) October 2, 2022
Hamilton also says he believes he could have matched the pace of the leaders, but was not fast enough to pass Sainz who passed him at the start.
“A difficult start and then getting stuck behind Carlos [Sainz]. I don’t know why he was so slow but obviously I was not quick enough to get past him in these conditions.
“And then just sitting behind him. I think I could have done similar times to the guys ahead, but because I was stuck behind him I couldn’t. I think if I was in third, I could have kept with the guys up ahead.”
Despite what was clearly a far from ideal weekend for Mercedes, with teammate George Russell failing to finish in the points coming home last of the finishers, Hamilton remained upbeat, saying there are positives to take from the weekend regardless.
“The car had its moments this weekend for sure where it was not too bad. It’s a bit hit and miss this car but for sure there’s positives to take away from this weekend. It’s just a shame not to get more points for the team. But we’ll take it.”