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Hamilton blames 'impatience' but 'refused to accept race was over'

Lewis Hamilton admitted "impatience" got the better of him in the mistake that cost him a chance to beat Max Verstappen to victory in an epic Emilia Romagna GP. But the seven-time champion explained why he "refused in that moment to believe the race was over" while he sat in his Mercedes facing the barrier seemingly marooned in the gravel. Hamilton had been attempting to catch Verstappen after the pit stop for dry tyres when he slid off into the gravel nose-first while lapping George Russell at a still-slippery Tosa corner. The front of the Mercedes nudged the barriers and, with Hamilton's Mercedes initially appeared stuck, it appeared he was heading for his first race...
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