Lewis Hamilton reckons he was "too friendly" against teammate Valtteri Bottas at the first corner, as he labelled his Azerbaijan Grand Prix performance as "under par".
Hamilton made a good getaway from second on the grid to pull alongside pole position man Bottas on the run to Turn 1, as the pair ran around the first corners side-by-side.
Bottas eventually managed to get in front, and Hamilton suggested he could have made life tougher on a weekend when his teammate had the upper hand.
"I didn't get the job done in qualifying, he [Bottas] did," Hamilton told Sky. "And then in the race I was too friendly at Turn 1 and basically gave it to him."
"He drove a fantastic race and made no mistakes so he deserved the win this weekend."
Hamilton said that considering Baku is not one of his favourite circuits he was happy to have come through the weekend with Mercedes having taken a 1-2 finish.
"This is not our strongest race of the season. This has always been a difficult race for me so this is a really good result considering," he said.
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