Mike Elliott says that Mercedes need to take a share of the blame for Lewis Hamilton’s error that cost him dearly in Baku.

Hamilton had a huge opportunity to take charge of the title fight in Azerbaijan when Max Verstappen retired from the lead with a sudden tyre failure.

The incident caused the race to be suspended, and when it got back underway with a standing start with just two laps to go, the Brit was in P2 and had 18 points at the least in the bag.

It briefly looked like he could take all 25 when he passed Perez before Turn 1, but disaster struck when he accidentally hit a switch, causing him to lock up, go off and drop out of the points altogether.

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