Hamilton crashes out of Austrian GP qualifying as radio captures humble reaction

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Lewis Hamilton crashed out of qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix and immediately issued an apology to his Mercedes team.

The seven-time F1 world champion was showing promising pace in the session to determine the starting order for Saturday's (July 9) sprint race but spun out during Q3, running into the gravel track and slamming into the barriers.

The red flag was waved while Hamilton, who was checked on by engineer Peter Bonnington, said on the radio: “So sorry guys, so sorry to damage the car.”

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While Hamilton was gutted, the crowd were anything but. Thousands of Dutch fans have flooded to the Red Bull Ring to cheer on his rival, championship leader Max Verstappen.

And they cheered loudly upon seeing him crash out, which angered some online. One wrote: "Max fans cheering a crash..classy as ever.

"Let’s see what max fans say about the cheering after they complained last week," commented another, while a third added: "Lovely to see the Dutch fans cheering, such class!"

Are the fans in the wrong for cheering? Let us know in the comments section.

Verstappen's supporters swiftly hit back, with one arguing: "English fans boo’d him every second last weekend." A second asked: "U didn’t watch silverstone then no?"

Another post read: "You going forget when fans cheered when max crashed at silverstone?"

Hamilton's team-mate George Russell also crashed and caused a red flag after qualifying had resumed on a nightmare day for Mercedes. They'll line-up 10th and 5th respectively for the sprint race.

Verstappen went on to secure pole position in Austria, topping the charts ahead of Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. Sergio Perez bested Russell while Esteban Ocon, Kevin Magnussen, Mick Schumacher and Fernando Alonso made up the rest of the top 10.

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