IMOLA, Italy (AP) — Facing the barriers of the Imola track, Lewis Hamilton could feel the race and potentially the title slipping away from him.
The world champion had run wide through the gravel trap and nudged into the barriers on lap 31 of the on Sunday.
It appeared as if his race was over but, after a lengthy delay, Hamilton managed to reverse back onto the track and re-join the race. He was in ninth place but a stunning drive saw him sweep through the field to finish second.
“I definitely didn’t know I would be here when I was facing that barrier,” Hamilton said at a post-race news conference for the top three finishers.
“We’re only human, so just that bit of a mistake was one to learn from. I’m just grateful I could get going again and get back into the race. It’s not how you fall; it’s how you get up. Really awesome to get back to second.”
Hamilton said he relished the fight back and that it took him back to his roots, to his early racing days in karting.