Update: Hamilton has changed his view of this incident: Hamilton accepts blame for Kobayashi crash
Lewis Hamilton blamed Kamui Kobayashi for the crash that put him out of the Belgian Grand Prix.
Speaking after the crash he said: “I’m not really quite sure, to be honest. I hit the wall pretty hard.
“It’s a bit unfortunate, the team were in a good position.
“As far as I was concerned I was ahead of whoever it was I was racing and I got hit by them and that was my race over.
“That’s motor racing. There’s been a lot of races we haven’t finished this year so that’s just another one of them.”
Hamilton said his car had poor straight line speed which made it difficult to pass other cars:
“I think we were struggling. For whatever reason we were massively slow on the straights. Massively, massively slow.
“And I guess that’s what put us in that position. Everyone was just pulling away from me on the straights.
“I think we probably had a little too much downforce on.”
However he reckoned a top-three finish was possible:
“We were in a good position, we were still able to challenge. I got past one of the Ferraris, I think we could have at least got a podium.”
The stewards have taken no action over the collision.
Update: Here’s what Kobayashi had to say about the crash: “Regarding the accident with Lewis Hamilton, which happened when I was running in fourth, I knew perfectly well he was faster than me so had no reason to fight with him.
“After he overtook me it was not my intention to get my position back, so I stayed on my line and didn?óÔé¼Ôäót expect him to move over.”
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