Lewis Hamilton sorry after wiping out mechanic as he misses his Mercedes box in Russian Grand Prix pit lane

HORRIFIED Lewis Hamilton has apologised for wiping out a mechanic during practice for the Russian Grand Prix.

Hamilton‘s “heart was in my mouth” after knocking the man over when he broke too late entering Mercedes’ box in the pit lane.

Lewis Hamilton was late in braking, flooring this 'courageous' mechanic

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Lewis Hamilton was late in braking, flooring this ‘courageous’ mechanic

 Britain’s seven-time world F1 champ could be heard saying “Man, Magic, sorry about that. Is he okay?”

The mechanic had stood his ground but scrambled backwards quickly when he realised Hamiltons’ car was going to hit him.

But after he was sent flying to the ground he climbed back up and gave a thumbs-up sign.

Mercedes confirmed their team member was uninjured – leaving Hamilton to admit just how scared he was by his error.

He posted on Instagram: “I believe this is the first time I’ve taken out a mechanic in 14 years. 

My heart was in my mouth, I was so worried. 

“Thankfully he was ok, pretty courageous to stand in front of the car like that. 

“We all make mistakes, it’s part of the journey, but it’s how we come back from them that matters.”

Mercedes said: “For everyone asking, our front jack man is okay.”

World champ Lewis Hamilton admits he was worried for the mechanic's safety

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World champ Lewis Hamilton admits he was worried for the mechanic’s safetyCredit: Splash


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The mechanic tried to shuffle backwards quickly but it was too late to stop the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton bowling him over

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The mechanic tried to shuffle backwards quickly but it was too late to stop the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton bowling him over

Reigning champ Hamilton had otherwise shone in practice as he seeks to erase Max Verstappen’s five-point lead.

Only Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was quicker than Hamilton.

And Verstappen will start Sunday’s race at the back of the grid after being penalised for changing his engine.

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