Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton believes he was "too friendly" with teammate Valtteri Bottas as the pair went wheel to wheel into Turn 1 at the start of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Hamilton managed a great start from second to challenge poleman Bottas into the first corner, but Bottas held onto the lead.
Hamilton had to make do with second despite a late charge to take the lead from his teammate, after Bottas managed to take the victory and grab his second win of the season.
“I didn’t get the job done in qualifying, he did,” Hamilton said. “And in the race I was too friendly at turn one and basically gave it to him. He drove a fantastic race, made no mistakes, so he deserved the win this weekend.”
This is the fourth one-two result for Mercedes out of four races in 2019, with both Hamilton and Bottas taking two wins each. Hamilton felt however that he was not his best and struggled throughout the weekend in Baku.
“Definitely this is not our strongest race in the season,” added Hamilton. “This has always been a bit of a difficult race for me.I just struggle here.
"There’s certain races I struggle at compared to others. I can’t really point it out. I got quicker at the end but it was too late by then.”