"Today was a racing incident. He was on a much better tyre. I entered the corner committed to blocking, defending the position.
"I took the corner as normal. I had quite a lot of lock on to get around the corner, but the track drops away and a lot of people go through that corner with a lot of understeer through there.
"I didn't get back on the power, I continued to decrease my speed, but he jumped on the power given he had so much grip.
"He still had like a car's width to the left of him, and ultimately we touched.
"I think it's unfortunate we collided, and I wouldn't want to ever collide with anybody, and I do think it was unfortunate, but I have to respect the decision the stewards ended up taking."
As Albon restrained himself in the post-race television interviews, the Thai-British driver wishing to calm down before commenting properly on the incident, Hamilton made a public apology to the Red Bull driver - even if, upon later viewing, the Mercedes man still viewed it as a racing incident.
He added: "Before I'd seen the incident I apologised to Alex in an interview, just because in the heat of the moment you don't always have the viewpoints of everything, and I didn't want to jump to conclusions.
"I then went to watch the replay and I think it was a racing incident."
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