Retiring wasn't an option, says Hamilton
PUBLISHED: 17:35 29 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:16 26 October 2009
FOLLOWING team-mate Heikki Kovalainen s heavy crash at the Spanish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton said that it never crossed his mind to pull out of the race. The 23-year-old McLaren driver wasn t sure of who had crashed into the wall as he passed the scene o
FOLLOWING team-mate Heikki Kovalainen's heavy crash at the Spanish Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton said that it never crossed his mind to pull out of the race.
The 23-year-old McLaren driver wasn't sure of who had crashed into the wall as he passed the scene of the accident, having only been able to make out the red in the car's bodywork.
Herts motor racing hero Hamilton was finally told by his team it was stablemate and Finnish friend Kovalainen.
Hamilton said: "I was a bit terrified for whoever it was as I saw the impact was quite heavy.
"Ron Dennis came onto the radio halfway through and said he was OK but slightly concussed. I'm sure he will bounce back."
Heikki's crash has led many people to question just how safe the McLaren model was on race day.
But Tewin racer Hamilton refused to let his team-mates' mechanical problem play on his mind.
"If you let those things get to your mind you are in trouble," he said.
"You begin making mistakes or put yourself in the wrong position."
He added: "Retiring never crossed my mind once and I was quite confident we had done a great job and the car was reliable. That enabled me to keep pushing."
Whilst Lewis was obviously delighted with his third-place finish, he paid tribute the the input of Kovalainen on what has been a somewhat difficult start to his first season with McLaren.
Speaking directly after Sunday's race, Hamilton said: "Today was unfortunate, but there's no doubt we will go to the next race, we will keep pushing together.
"It's not a one man team; Heikki and I need to keep pushing and try and bring the points in for everyone."
Kovalainen spent the night under observation in the Hospital General de Catalunya following his frightening crash, but according to his McLaren team he is likely to race in next month's Turkish Grand Prix.
The Finn suffered concussion and a bruised elbow in the accident.
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