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 Germany’s motorsport-magazin.com, 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.