Lewis Hamilton accepted the five seconds penalty imposed on him after he crashed with Alexander Albon of Red Bull Racing.
The 2020 Austrian Grand Prix will be remembered for its crazy turn of events. No one expected the season opener race to be as action-packed as it was. There was action from the top to the bottom of the pack with a couple of safety cars deployed throughout.
However, the biggest surprise happened with ten laps to go when Lewis Hamilton crashed with Alexander Albon. The accident caused a domino effect on the podium finishes and the overall outcome of the race.
Lewis Hamilton accepted the penalty
The incident between Hamilton and Albon happened on turn four when the Thai driver went on the offense to overtake Hamilton on the outside. Albon safely made a car’s length of a gap when Hamilton’s front left tire bumped with Albon’s rear right tire. Such an incident caused the Red Bull driver’s car to spin, ultimately causing him a potential podium finish.
Hamilton downplayed the crash to just a ‘racing incident.’ He said,
“Obviously I had great pace to catch up with Valtteri and then a really unfortunate situation with Alex. I can’t believe we came together again. It really felt like a racing incident. But either way I’ll take whatever penalty they feel I deserve and move forward.”
Albon was involved in the same situation in the Brazilian Grand Prix when he tried to overtake Hamilton too.
An apology should be underway
Alexander Albon was enraged by the chance taken for him. When asked how he felt after the race, he said with a big sigh,
“I’m a bit fresh right now, so I’ve got to be careful what I say, But yeah, it is what it is. I really felt like we could’ve won that race.”
Had it not been for the crash between Hamilton and Albon, the latter could have had the chance to make a run for Bottas’ position. He was at a beautiful pace throughout the race until the crash. He said,
“I think there’s always a risk of overtaking on the outside but I gave as much space as I really could, I was on the edge. I thought if I give him as much space as I can give him, it was up to him if he wants to crash or not and yeah…”
Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner thinks that an apology should be underway because of the misjudgment by Lewis Hamilton.