Lewis Hamilton finished second in the Imola GP on Sunday, despite starting from the pole position. Max Verstappen made an incredible start, as he surpassed Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton to lead the race. However, Hamilton was in contention to win his second consecutive race and was putting the pressure on the Dutch driver.
Lewis Hamilton made an unusual error as he slid into the gravel, while lapping George Russell. He suffered some damage to his car, and lost some precious time. However, he made a quick recovery following the restart and ended the race as P2.
Jan Lammers, former F1 driver believes that Lewis Hamilton makes these mistakes often, and now he is getting punished for them.
“Well, I don’t think that’s too bad,” the former F1 driver told RacingNews365. “Hamilton makes mistakes more often than not. His mistakes were never punished because he drove the best car and always got away with it,” he added.
Everyone is vulnerable: Jan Lammers
Jan Lammers believes that the pressure of being in F1, forces mistakes out of the best. He stated that Hamilton is often good in crucial moments of the race, but he faltered in Imola. “Often Hamilton is there at the moments that matter, but especially at Imola you saw everyone was vulnerable because of the circumstances,” he said.
The former F1 driver also spoke about Max Verstappen’s perfect start to the race and praised the young Dutch driver for maintaining his pace.
“Verstappen got off to a good start, both in reaction and in execution,” he added. “He had to force his leading position in the first corner combination, but it all looked good. The Red Bull driver knew the lead would be so important and during the start, he immediately made the difference,” added Lammers.
Lewis Hamilton leads the world championship race, with just a one-point advantage over Max Verstappen. Next up is the Portuguese Grand Prix, which will be held next weekend.