When he met the media after the European GP didn’t want to talk about his incident with Pastor Maldonado, insisting that he didn’t know what really happened when he was pitched into the wall.
The stewards decided that the Venezuelan was at fault, giving him a 20s penalty that ultimately only cost him a 10th place. That did nothing to help the McLaren driver, who was trying to hang on to third place when the collision occurred.
“I don’t really know what happened if I’m honest,” said Lewis. “I went in the corner and I didn’t come out. To be honest it happened so fast I really don’t remember what happened. All I remember is sitting in the wall with only a lap to go.
“My tyres were gone. I don’t know where I would have finished, but the last lap all of a sudden the tyres just went. It was almost like I had flat tyres at the back. We’ve got a lot of work to do to try and pick up the pace, because we were really struggling today.”
Asked if it might have been more prudent in the circumstances to let Maldonado past, he said: “You never let people past. You’ve got to race for every position you can get.”
Lewis, who was keen to congratulate Fernando Alonso, adoped a philosophical approach.
“As always you put your heart and soul into it, but you have these ups and downs.
“It’s life. Of course it’s really tough not to finish races, especially when there are a couple of laps to go, but that is life, and you have to suck it up.”