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Hamilton ‘refused to think the race was over’ after rare F1 mistake

Lewis Hamilton says he “refused to think the race was over” when he was left facing the barriers after a trip into the gravel halfway through Formula 1’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. Having lost the lead at the start to Max Verstappen, Hamilton had been hunting down the Red Bull driver when he made a rare error while trying to lap George Russell’s Williams heading into Tosa on Lap 31. The seven-time world champion slewed off the track in the damp conditions and ran over the gravel before coming to a rest up against the barriers with front-wing damage. Hamilton was able to recover his Mercedes from the gravel by engaging reverse but by the time he had escaped he was already a lap down...
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