Hamilton laughs off practice crash


Published: Saturday 6th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Lewis Hamilton shrugged off a crash in Friday practice for the Canadian Grand Prix – but the incident again raised questions of the judgement of his Mercedes team.

The reigning world champion was quickest in both of the sessions but crashed at turn 10 of second practice as heavy rain began to fall.

Although it was a low-speed accident caused by aquaplaning, it was difficult to see why the team had both Hamilton and Nico Rosberg out on track at the time.

Hamilton came to Montreal looking to put the pain of letting victory slip from his grasp in Monaco a fortnight ago by winning for the fourth time in Montreal.

Having dominated the whole of the weekend Hamilton came into the pit from the lead following the deployment of a late safety car whilst Rosberg and the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel stayed out.

It proved to be the wrong decision as the two Germans kept Hamilton at bay – with questions still remaining on whose call it was to bring Hamilton in.

Although the 30-year-old Brit was adamant earlier in the week he was over the Monaco debacle, he was left questioning the call to run intermediate tyres in the rain as the team looked to collect data.

“It was very slippery and I wasn’t driving particularly fast,” he said.

“Then I came to turn 10 and it was just ice, I was going too fast and I was a passenger. It wasn’t my call to go out, and we collectively don’t think that it was the best call to go out, but it didn’t affect our running.

“It is not the best of scenarios but you have to laugh it off and take the positives into tomorrow.

“It’s still been a good day. The car is feeling good out there, really good and I feel good this weekend.”

Mercedes technical director Paddy Lowe explained why the two cars were sent out before being caught out by the deluge.

“It didn’t quite end the way we wanted it to,” he said of the second session.

“The simple reason we went out was to do some practice race starts, that is a normal part of our program. Because the program was very condensed in the short window of time we had, we chose not to do those practice starts in the dry period but go out before it became very, very wet indeed.

“Unfortunately the conditions worsened quicker than we anticipated and the conditions caught Lewis out in an unfortunate manner but we will sort it out tomorrow and we will be fine.”

Published: Saturday 6th June 2015 by The News Editor

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