Lewis Hamilton and George Russell crash in Qatar GP.

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The crash between the two Mercedes drivers forced Hamilton to retire on lap one and was unable to challenge race winner Max Verstappen.


Lewis Hamilton and George Russell crash in Qatar GP.

Lewis Hamilton was involved in a first-corner crash with Mercedes teammate George Russell at the Qatar Grand Prix on Sunday night.

This led to the seven-time world champion retiring on lap one meaning the British driver could not capitalise on his impressive Sprint Race recovery drive.

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Hamilton and Russell crash in the first corner

Russel on the otherhand, returned to the track after the pit crew fixed his car during the safety car. He managed to finish fourth and secured valuable points for Mercedes in the end.

After the race, Hamilton aknowledged that the crash was his fault.

“Obviously gutting,” said Hamilton.

“Massive apologies to everyone back at the factory. I think it was probably just a racing incident. I take full responsibility for it. I don’t think George had anywhere to go.”

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Qatar stewards investigated the incident after the race, but decided no action was necessary, deeming it a typical “Lap 1, Turn 1” incident.

The seven-time world champion took to X, formerly know as Twitter, to apologise to the team and Russell for causing thr crash.

“I’ve watched the replay and it was 100% my fault and I take full responsibility. Apologies to my team and to George,” said Hamilton.

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