Lewis Hamilton has revealed he hit a button by mistake during the restart of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, something which cost him the possibility of winning the race.
The Mercedes driver lined up alongside race winner Sergio Pérez for the restart after the late red flag. When the lights went off, Hamilton had the better start but locked his tires up in turn 1, having to go to the run-off area.
The British driver later revealed he had accidentally hit a switch concerning his “brake magic” settings, as he was heard discussing the mistake with his engineer on the radio after the race.
“Just on that restart, I think when Checo moved over towards me, I clipped a switch and it basically switches the brakes off, so I just went straight,” he said.
“I had no idea that I’d even touched it,” he said, but his engineer later confirmed it to him, saying “the magic was on” over the radio.
“It’s very hard to take,” Hamilton said. “But mostly [I’m] just really sorry to the men and women in the team who have worked so hard for these points. But, we’ll regroup and come back stronger.
“Naturally, it’s quite a humbling experience, to be honest. We’ve worked so hard this weekend to come back. [We were] out of the top ten, and it was looking so good.
“You know, I put eventhing on the line and I fought as hard as I could today.”