Hamilton admits fault for Kobayashi crash


British tabloid The Sun called the McLaren driver 'Lewis Whamilton' after another bad day at the office for the 2008 world champion.

On Saturday, Hamilton was reprimanded at Spa-Francorchamps for his bizarre qualifying crash with Pastor Maldonado, and the Williams driver said after Sunday's grand prix: "He did the same today ... I think he needs to be more focused on his race".

Rookie Maldonado was referring to Hamilton's race-ending crash with Kamui Kobayashi.

Sauber's Kobayashi said: "I don't know what I needed to do -- maybe go into the gravel for him?"

Niki Lauda, speaking to Autoblog UK, was unequivocal: "He takes things to extremes. He's only got himself to blame."

But Hamilton initially refused to take the blame, telling reporters afterwards: "As far as I was concerned, I was ahead of whoever I was racing and then I was hit by them."

He later apologised to Japan's Kobayashi via Twitter.

"After watching the replay, I realise it was my fault today 100 per cent.

"I didn't give Kobayashi enough room, though I thought I was past. The team deserves better from me," said Hamilton.

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