Lewis Hamilton vowed to “drive his heart out” after blowing his chance of repeating last year’s Monaco Grand Prix victory when he slid into a wall of tyres during yesterday’s qualifying session.
The reigning world champion is starting from the back of the grid after a momentary lapse of concentration ended with a brush with the tyres as went into Mirabeau.
The 24-year-old crushed the suspension on his left rear wheel, and although his only hot lap gave him 16th, damage to the gearbox and subsequent replacement incurred a five-place grid penalty.
In a year when Hamilton has been plagued by problems on and off track, this was undoubtedly something he could have done without.
“What can I say? I made a mistake and I hit the wall,” confessed Hamilton.
“I’m sorry for the team for wasting their time and because they’d done a great job so far. It looked like we had a shot at winning the race.
“I will just have to try and make up for it tomorrow. I’ll drive my heart out and see what happens.”
Hamilton had earlier this week professed rediscovering his love of F1 upon returning to the circuit
where he scored such a famous win last year en route to taking the title.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team