Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton made a mistake at the
Malaysian Grand Prix
when he tried to make a pit stop with his former team.
The British driver, 28, was
world champion with McLaren in 2008
for the 2013 season.
Hamilton's McLaren career
2007 at Australian Grand Prix for McLaren
- First win:
Signs a five-year contract to race for McLaren until the end of the 2012 season
Becomes, at the time, F1's youngest world champion
2009 sees him finish fifth with only two wins
fifth and fourth in 2011 and 2012 respectively
to race for Mercedes from the 2013 season
He pulled into the pit lane for a tyre change and came to a halt where his former colleagues were waiting.
"I don't know how that happened. The teams look so similar. I have been stopping in that pit box for years.
"[It's] an easy mistake and hopefully one I won't make again."
Hamilton soon realised his mistake and drove further along to his new Mercedes team pit box.
It was only the second race of the 2013 season, with
Hamilton finishing third behind the Red Bull one-two of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber
McLaren mechanics waved Hamilton through as his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger smiled at the error.
"I don't know how I got it wrong, a big apology to my team," said Hamilton after the race, who pointed out that former team-mate
Jenson Button had made a similar error
in the past.
"I just did a Jenson, for years I was used to driving into the McLaren pit stop."
McLaren team tweeted:
"Smiles in the garage after a well-worked double pit stop with an unexpected twist."
Later adding: "Feel free to pop in and say 'Hi' any time, @LewisHamilton!"