Hamilton apologises for Sirotkin criticism

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton changed his stance on Saturday's incident with Sergey Sirotkin ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix.

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has apologised for his remarks on Sergey Sirotkin.   -  Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton has apologised for suggesting Sergey Sirotkin pulled off a "disrespectful move" during Saturday's qualifying at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The newly crowned world champion moved to the left to create space for the Williams to come past him during Q2, only for Sirotkin to take the same line.

Sirotkin quickly swerved to avert the danger, but Hamilton criticised the manoeuvre, saying: "I don't know what his thinking was."

However, after reviewing the incident, Hamilton – who went on to claim pole – admitted he had over-reacted in the aftermath.

In an Instagram story, Hamilton posted: "Morning world. I woke this morning feeling I should correct some of the words I used yesterday.

"I was wrong, it wasn't a disrespectful move by Sergey, it was a misunderstanding and I honestly attempted to get out of his way.

"Didn't work that well but s*** happens and I respect the way he handled it."

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