Lewis Hamilton admits mistakes after slamming F1 chiefs for singling him out

Lewis Hamilton has held his hands up and admitted he got it wrong after accusing Formula One chiefs of singling him out for punishment over the weekend.

The Briton's bid to match Michael Schumacher's record 91 victories at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday was ruined when he was handed a 10-second penalty for performing two illegal practice starts ahead of the race.

Hamilton, the six-time world champion, claimed afterwards that F1 bosses were finding new ways to stop him from winning after finishing third in a race won by teammate Valtteri Bottas.

But, now the Mercedes star has had a few days to reflect on his outburst, he has offered an update on his Instagram.

He said: "I may not always get it right in the face of adversity.

"I may not always react the way you want me to when tensions are high, but I am only human after all and I am passionate about what I do.

"I'm learning and growing every day, and I'll take my lessons and keep fighting on to the next one.

"Thank you to those who continue to support and are right there fighting with me.

"Still we rise!"

Hamilton had initially blasted the decision as "bulls***" during the race and then slammed F1 bosses after the race in Sochi.

"I'm pretty sure no-one has ever got two five-second penalties for something so ridiculous before," Hamilton said after the race.

"I didn't put anyone in danger, I've done this at a million tracks over the years and never been questioned. But it is to be expected. They are trying to stop me.

"Whenever a team is at the front, you face scrutiny. Everything on our car is checked, double checked, triple checked.

"They are also changing rules such as the engine modes [believed to have favoured Mercedes in qualifying] so there are lots of things they are putting in the way to keep the racing exciting. It feels like we are fighting uphill."

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