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IN WORDS: Crash Was My Fault – Lewis

IN WORDS: Crash Was My Fault – Lewis

Lewis Hamilton has taken the responsibility for the crash that eliminated him from Qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

'It's my fault and I take full responsibility for it'

Lewis crashed heavily at Turn 7 early in Q1 and will start Sunday's race from the pitlane after the team broke Parc Ferme to fit new engine components and a fresh gearbox.

"You can see in the replay that the car is bottoming through the whole corner and often when it bottoms it stalls the floor," Lewis explained. "That often happens when the tyres are cold, but these things happen.

"But the grip felt good and that's why I took the speed into the corner. I hadn't gone in there any quicker than I had done before or anything like that. But still, it's my fault and I take full responsibility for it."

'All I can do is keep my head high'

Lewis might have already wrapped up the drivers' title in Mexico, but the new four-time World Champion says his error still hurts as he wanted to sign off 2017 with two wins.

"It feels the same as it would feel at any other point in the season," said Lewis. "It's less painful because obviously the championship is done, but I still feel it just as much.

"I take so much pride in my commitment and how I drive and I've not made any mistakes all year. It's been a long time since I put the car in the wall. But it happens and once it happens there is no point in dwelling on it.

"All I can do is keep my head high, move forward and it had been a good weekend up until then so I think hopefully you can tell I've not lifted off the gas and am backing off -- I was going for it.

"I'm human still and these things happen and you just move forward, try to rebuild and grow from it. I will naturally grow from it and I hope I can get back in the points for the team tomorrow. While the championship is also done for the team, it's still my job and I want to get these points for the guys and a good result."

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