Furious Lewis Hamilton slammed his own driving after a disastrous qualifying session in Monza was wrecked by former friend Adrian Sutil, writes Byron Young at Monza.
“I drove like an idiot,” stormed the Mercedes driver after ending up a season-worst 12th on the grid.
Hamilton was left to rue his broken friendship with Adrian Sutil after the Force India driver blocked his progress at the culmination of Q2. The upshot was a squeal of brakes, a subsequent grid demotion for Sutil, and instant elimination for a frustrated Hamilton. After four consecutive poles — a run stretching to over two months — Lewis will start Sunday’s race from way back. To his credit, Hamilton was quick to blame himself for his misfortune, offering an immediate apology to Mercedes, but the Monza stewards took a different view and announced late on Saturday night that Sutil would be demoted three grid places.
Hamilton and Sutil have history; after Saturday’s unseemly outcome, they are unlikely to have much of a future either.