RACE DEBRIEF

    Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton made a rare mistake in Brazil, when he collided with Alexander Albon in the fight for second, and the Mercedes driver is keen to right that wrong with a strong performance in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix…

    Hamilton spent much of the Brazilian Grand Prix fighting eventual race winner Max Verstappen, but after pitting after the final Safety Car, he was a tad optimistic when attacking Albon into the Bico de Pato and spun the Thai driver round.

    The Briton took responsibility for the error, apologising to Albon after the race and then again, via DM on social media, with the stewards handing him a time penalty post-race which dropped him off the podium into seventh.

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    Speaking at Yas Island, ahead of the final race of the year, Hamilton said: “Brazil definitely wasn’t a great one, but I think it’s really important to often acknowledge the good parts of the weekends rather than always just focus on the negatives.

    “Naturally the negative of not finishing in the position that I should have, second or third, the failures and mistakes, it’s good to acknowledge those also, but it’s good to take away from it the positives, and there were plenty of positives to take from the weekend.

    “I don’t want another weekend like that, so I’ll put things right this weekend, and we’ll continue to go full steam ahead.”

    There’s always room to improve and we’ve not been perfect all year, we’ve not won every single race, and there are areas we can definitely round up and do better

    Lewis Hamilton

    Hamilton and Mercedes wrapped up their respective sixth world championships earlier this year, and while the Briton rated the team’s season 9.6 out of 10, he said there are still things to improve.

    “There’s always room to improve, and we’ve not been perfect all year, we’ve not won every single race, and there are areas we can definitely round up and do better,” he said.

    “It’s also really important to be critical of yourself always and never say that you’re perfectly happy with the job that you’ve done. You always know there are areas you can improve on, and that’s for all of us.

    “For myself. There’s definitely improvements to be made, that’s for sure.”

    Good news for Hamilton fans. Perhaps not such good news for those trying to unseat him next year...