Embarrassment for Hamilton as he pulls into McLAREN pit garage during Malaysian GP… months after ditching team for Mercedes
08:44 GMT, 24 March 2013
10:16 GMT, 24 March 2013
Lewis Hamiton has always insisted he made the right decision in leaving McLaren for Mercedes for the new Formula One season.
But the British star's mind seemed to be on his old team in Malaysia when he pulled into the WRONG pit garage.
The McLaren crew were in position for Jenson Button but were forced to let Hamilton through when he came in on lap seven.
Oops: Lewis Hamilton pulled into the McLaren pit lane during the Malaysian Grand Prix
Thankfully for the 28-year-old he was
able to complete his pit stop in the right garage and resume his fight for the lead.
Hamilton's girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger reacted with shock to the unfortunate mistake as she watched a replay.
Afterwards Hamilton, who finished in third despite having to save fuel, said: 'I did a Jenson. He did that a couple of years ago.
'I am used to driving in the McLaren pits, I don't know how I got it wrong so I apologise to my team.'
More to follow…
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