Hamilton explains Verstappen incident in France FP2
Lewis Hamilton was impressed with his own powers of recovery as he caught a huge slide in FP2 for the French Grand Prix, and explained the circumstances which followed - for which the FIA stewards opened an investigation as Max Verstappen was forced off the track.
Hamilton topped FP1 in Le Castellet, with teammate Valtteri Bottas taking top spot in FP2.
The championship leader was four tenths adrift, having had a flying lap spoiled by a sideways moment, which also prompted an investigation as Verstappen ran wide avoiding Hamilton as he returned to the track.
No penalty was forthcoming, allowing Hamilton to focus on where improvements can be made ahead of qualifying.
“It was a serious moment, I’m surprised I caught it,” Hamilton said. “If I had gone around I might have gone off into the wall.
“I got it under control but drifting, then I had to apply the brake, and come off the brake and apply the brake and a bit of gas to try and keep the balance, it was kind of cool.
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