F1 world champion Hamilton crashes out of Belgian Grand Prix on first lap

FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton failed to last a single lap in today's Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps track. The 24-year-old from Tewin crashed out of the 12th round of the FIA World Championship on the opening lap. His Vodafone McLaren Merce

FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton failed to last a single lap in today's Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa-Francorchamps track.

The 24-year-old from Tewin crashed out of the 12th round of the FIA World Championship on the opening lap in the first minute of the race.

His Vodafone McLaren Mercedes car was hit from behind as he tried to avoid a pile-up at Les Combes.

World championship leader Jenson Button was smacked by Renault rookie Romain Grosjean and as Hamilton tried to navigate his way through the carnage he was also hit from behind by the Toro Rosso of Jaime Alguersuari.


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Hamilton said: "Jenson [Button] spun at turn five and everyone looked like they were piling into him so I backed off a little bit.

"But I got hit by the people behind me.

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"I tried to avoid it all but it's just one of those things."

Stewards are now investigating F1 newcomers Grosjean and Alguersuari for their part in the first-lap carnage.

The Belgian race was eventually won be Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen for the fourth time.

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