Lewis Hamilton has said today that the ‘magic button’ on his Mercedes has been changed after issue in Baku but added he “doesn’t count it as a mistake”

Lewis Hamilton was lining up P2 in Baku after the red flag and upon the restart, his brakes were smoking. Going into turn one he went straight on, and within minutes we heard on team radio Hamilton ask “did I have the magic on?” with his engineer Peter Bonnington replying “yes, yeah you knocked it”.

They found this to be the cause of him locking up and going into the escape road to finish P15. When asked today if it was the pressure of Max Verstappen, he answered  “Well, Max wasn’t in the race at the time, so it definitely wasn’t the pressure from Max”.

He went on to explain: “I don’t even count it as a mistake. You can’t always be perfect, a mistake is where you drive off the track through missing your braking point or hitting the wall. But we learned from the experience and we move forwards”.

He was also asked if any changes had been made to the magic button ahead of the race at Paul Ricard this weekend. he replied: “We haven’t moved it, we’ve just put a shroud around it just to make sure that you can’t accidentally touch it in future, but that’s for the short-term. Obviously, the wheel’s not so easy to change so we’ll look for a longer-term solution probably in the future.”

Hamilton has only taken seven points in the last two Grand Prix but still sits P2 in the driver’s championship and just 4 points behind Verstappen. This weekend he has said he expects a fight with Red Bull:

“I’m definitely looking forward to getting back onto a track we probably won’t be as affected at with tire temps for example. It has been good for us in the past here but I anticipate a tough weekend, naturally.”

He will hope for a smoother weekend and to recapture the lead in the drivers championship.

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