Lewis Hamilton accepts penalty for collision with Alex Albon

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Lewis Hamilton is keen to move on from two incidents which cost him at the Austrian GP


Lewis Hamilton accepts five-second penalty for collision with Alex Albon which denied him podium finish in Austrian Grand Prix following late grid penalty: ‘The race is done and I just feel like moving forwards’

  • Lewis Hamilton and Alexander Albon had a coming together on the track
  • Albon ended up spinning out, while Hamilton received a five-second penalty
  • Hamilton has accepted the penalty, although doesn’t feel like he was at fault 

Lewis Hamilton is keen to put this weekend behind him after picking up two penalties and finishing in fourth place at the Austrian Grand Prix.

His first came less than an hour before the start of the race, with stewards overturning a decision from qualifying, where Hamilton was speeding under yellow flag restrictions. 

Then, during the race, Hamilton was given a five-second time penalty after a coming together with Red Bull’s Alexander Albon, who is angry not to have finished in the points.    

Lewis Hamilton is keen to move on from two incidents which cost him at the Austrian GP

Hamilton had a coming together with Alexander Albon, and received a five-second penalty

Hamilton had a coming together with Alexander Albon, and received a five-second penalty 

‘The race is done and I just feel like moving forwards,’ Hamilton told Sky Sports.

‘It’s not been a great weekend for me. Yesterday was entirely my fault. It was a bit odd today in the preparation to all of a sudden get a penalty, but it is what it is and that didn’t destabilise me, it just encouraged me to go out there and drive as best as I could. And I feel like I did.’

With Albon competing for a podium finish, he and Hamilton came together as the Red Bull driver was trying to overtake around the outside.

Albon tried to overtake around the outside, but their wheels clipped and Albon span out

Albon tried to overtake around the outside, but their wheels clipped and Albon span out

Their wheels clipped, and Albon span out leaving him near the back of the pack, and he did not end up finishing the race, however Hamilton doesn’t believe he was to blame for the collision.  

‘I had great pace to catch up with Valtteri and then a really unfortunate scenario with Alex. It really felt like a racing incident, but I’ll take whatever penalty they feel I deserve and move forward.’ 

The incident was similar to one between these two drivers last year at the Brazil Grand Prix, where they had another coming together which left Albon in the gravel instead of fighting for points. 

Albon was left in the gravel, and ended up not finishing after being in a race for a podium finish

Albon was left in the gravel, and ended up not finishing after being in a race for a podium finish

‘I wouldn’t say this one hurts more, but I feel like Brazil was a bit more 50-50,’ said Albon. ‘I felt like I did the move already and I was already focused on Bottas in front. It was so late, the contact.

‘There’s always a risk overtaking on the outside, but I gave as much space as I really could. I knew that as long as I gave him all the space that I could give him, it’s up to him if he wants to crash or not.’

Asked whether he would discuss the incident with Hamilton, Albon added: ‘I’ll cool off and I’ll come back.’

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