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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton says mistake cost him the victory at F1's Brazilian GP

  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, of Germany, right and teammate Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, stand on the podium for Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. Rosberg fended off a strong charge by Hamilton to win the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, closing in on his Mercedes teammate in the Formula One title race. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, of Germany, right and teammate Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, stand on the podium for Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. Rosberg fended off a strong charge by Hamilton to win the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, closing in on his Mercedes teammate in the Formula One title race. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, right, and teammate Lewis Hamilton of Britain, stand on the podium after the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. Rosberg fended off a strong charge by Hamilton to win the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, closing in on his Mercedes teammate in the Formula One title race. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, right, and teammate Lewis Hamilton of Britain, stand on the podium after the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. Rosberg fended off a strong charge by Hamilton to win the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, closing in on his Mercedes teammate in the Formula One title race. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, steers his car on the pit lane prior to the start of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, steers his car on the pit lane prior to the start of the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos race track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)  (The Associated Press)

Lewis Hamilton said he could have won the Brazilian Grand Prix and extended his championship lead over Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg if it weren't for a mistake that sent him off the track near the midway point of the race on Sunday.

Hamilton locked his rear tires and nearly spun at the end of the back straight at Interlagos, losing significant time to Rosberg. His Mercedes went sideways, sliding on all four wheels before he managed to regain control.

The mistake came just before one of Hamilton's pit stops, when his tires were already greatly degraded.

The British driver, who had his championship lead cut to 17 points, said the near spin "ultimately cost (him) the win."

Hamilton said he clearly "had a lot more pace than Nico" at Interlagos.