Hamilton has apologised to his Mercedes team for his freak-out over the team radio during the Dutch Formula One race.

“I apologise to the team, I don’t even remember what I said,” the record world champion said after Sunday’s thrilling race at Zandvoort. “It was like I lost my mind for a second. You know it’s just a lot of passion though.”

Hamilton had chances to win when the safety car hit the track in the closing stages of the race. Rivals Max Verstappen, George Russell and Charles Leclerc came into the pits to have fresh tyres fitted. Hamilton, on the other hand, stayed out in the lead. When the race was reopened, the Mercedes man was immediately overtaken by Verstappen, with Russell and Leclerc following suit.

Hamilton then berated the strategy savagely, ending up fourth on Verstappen’s next win. “We came here and struggled with the last race. Today we struggled against the Red Bulls, in many places we were even faster than most of the others,” said a later reassured Hamilton.

“We are the dung bucket for the driver. He sits in it alone and pukes his guts out,” Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff remarked. But it was the right thing to do “to hold the position. It didn’t work out for him in the end, but I’d rather take the risk of winning the race with Lewis than finishing second or third.” Hamilton’s teammate Russell finished second ahead of Leclerc.