Hamilton to start from pitlane after "surprise" crash

Lewis Hamilton will start Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix from the pitlane after the Mercedes Formula 1 team broke parc ferme rules to fit new parts.

Hamilton to start from pitlane after "surprise" crash
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 after crashing in Q1
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz F1 W08
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08, Valtteri Bottas, Mercedes AMG F1 W08, out of the pits
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08, crashes and brings out the red flag
The crashed car of Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 is recovered in Q1
Marshals recover the crashed car of Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W08
The car of Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes-Benz F1 W08 is recovered by marshals after crashing out of Q1

The four-time world champion crashed into the barriers at the fast uphill Ferradura right-hander on his first flying lap in qualifying at Interlagos.

As Hamilton was set to start from the back of the field anyway, Mercedes has opted to fit parts “of a different specification to those used in qualifying”.

Mercedes says it will also fit a new engine, with Hamilton moving onto his fifth internal combustion engine, MGU-H and turbocharger.

Hamilton had been expected to contend for pole, but crashed out within minutes of the session starting to prompt his first Q1 exit since the 2016 Belgian Grand Prix.

He lost the rear of the car suddenly mid-corner and slammed into the barriers left-front corner first.

The Briton apologised to his team on the radio before emerging unscathed, but took no further part in the session.

“I was just taken by surprise,” Hamilton told reporters after the session. “The car bottomed out a bit. If you look at the replay, the car is bottoming throughout the corner.

“Often when it bottoms, it stalls the floor, and that often happens when the car is cold and the tyres are cold. These sort of things happen.

“I hadn’t gone in there any quicker than I had done before, anything like that, but it’s my fault and I should take full responsibility.”

When asked if it was easier to take given the championship has already been decided, Hamilton said: “It feels the same as it would at another point in season.

“It’s less painful as the championship is done but I still feel it just as much. I take a lot of pride in my commitment and how i drive.

“I haven’t made any mistakes all year and it’s been a long time since I’ve put the car in the wall. But it happens.

“Once it happens, there’s no point dwelling on it. All I can do is keep my head high and move forwards.

“It had been a good weekend up until then. Hopefully you can tell I’ve not lifted off the gas and backing off. I was going for it. But I’m human still.

“I’m starting from the pitlane, it’s not the most exciting but you can only go forwards from there. I will try to give it everything I’ve got.”

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