SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - Lewis Hamilton apologised to Alexander Albon on Sunday for a collision that cost the Red Bull rookie a first Formula One podium.
The Mercedes driver, who clinched his latest title in Texas two weeks ago and had nothing at stake in the race at Interlagos, was handed a five second penalty for the penultimate lap incident.
"I fully accept the responsibility. I fully accept I was coming from behind so I'm the one that touched him, not the other way round," said the 34-year-old Briton.
"I massively apologise to Albon. I went for a move... the gap was kind of there, but obviously it closed right at the end and completely my fault.
"It's probably the first time I've come together with someone for a long, long time... I went straight to him after the race to apologise."