Hamilton grateful to recover after 'worst' mistake

By on Sunday, July 27, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton says he was grateful to recover points after one of the 'worst' moments of his life when he spun on the opening lap.

Hamilton started from the pit lane but spun under braking at turn two and tagged the wall, but was able to continue.

Hamilton went on to make up ground and finish in third place, closing the gap to team-mate Nico Rosberg to 11 points in the process.

"That was one of the worst moments of my life that spin, I was saying that if I hadn’t had any luck, that was my luck cushion there to get out of that and continue," he said.

"I'm very grateful that I was able to get through clean in the last two races and get some decent points.

"To get onto the podium is a huge middle finger to adversity."

Hamilton benefited from Sebastian Vettel's spin, when the German driver lost control at the final corner and almost hit the pit wall.

"I could see every lap he was going over that kerb and I was like ‘be careful’ - I wasn’t going there as I could see it was wet, so that was instrumental as I couldn’t get past him.

"Things helped on the way, so to be up here having started from the pit lane is a good comeback."

Hamilton was asked to allow Rosberg through as the German had to stop again, but Hamilton held his position.

In the end, Rosberg carved into Hamilton's advantage and came across the line mere car lengths behind.

"I would have lost points to Nico," he said. "Had I let him past when they asked me, I would have lost points. I’ll go and speak to everyone, ultimately I would have lost points. I’m grateful I made the decision myself. At the end of the day I was racing for myself, I wasn’t racing for him."

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