Hamilton staying calm after Maldonado crash
24 June 2012 – Lewis Hamilton may have been initially furious when crashing out of the European Grand Prix on Sunday, but the McLaren driver was somewhat more subdued when it came to post-race interviews. While battling with Pastor Maldonado for third place on the penultimate lap, the Englishman was launched into the barriers at Turn 13.
With his tyres having gone off the cliff, Hamilton lost second place to Kimi Räikkönen. Maldonado then closed in and was helped by DRS; with Hamilton having forced the Williams slightly wide before Maldonado went off-track, the two came to blows on the next apex. The incident followed previous comings together for the pair, who had also collided in the 2011 Monaco Grand Prix and Belgian Grand Prix qualifying session.
“I don’t know where I would have finished but my tyres were just gone,” Hamilton told reporters after making his way back to the paddock. “It was almost like I had flat tyres at the back of my car, but you never let people past. You have to fight for every position.”
With Maldonado having already claimed that he was given no space, Hamilton responded:
“I don’t really know what happened, to be honest. I just went into a corner and didn’t come out of it. It all happened so fast, do I don’t remember what happened. I just remember sitting in the wall with a lap to go. It’s very tough, when you put your heart and soul into these things, and it does change a lot because we lost a lot of points today.”
Hamilton added that he was disappointed to have suffered a sticking wheel gun at his second pit-stop and that the team in general were a ‘long, long way’ off today’s pace.