F1 2011 Singapore Grand Prix: Hamilton blasted by Massa
PUBLISHED: 22:01 25 September 2011 | UPDATED: 22:05 25 September 2011
LEWIS Hamilton was slammed by Formula 1 rival Felipe Massa after the two collided in an incident-packed 2011 Singapore Grand Prix.
2011 Singapore Grand Prix Result
1 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2 Jenson Button (McLaren)
3 Mark Webber (Red Bull)
4 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
5 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
6 Paul Di Resta (Force India)
7 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
8 Adrian Sutil (Force India)
9 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
10 Sergio Perez (Sauber)
The Ferrari driver heavily criticised the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes star from Hertfordshire after the pair clashed around the floodlit Marina Bay street circuit.
Hamilton was handed a drive-through penalty by race stewards for his part in the incident which resulted in the 26-year-old McLaren man losing part of his front wing and Massa suffering a rear puncture and having to limp back to the pits.
Massa eventually finished the race ninth and was furious with 2008 F1 world champion Hamilton afterwards, the pair having also clashed in Singapore qualifying on Saturday.
Speaking about Hamilton, the Brazilian told the BBC: “My thoughts are that, again, he cannot use his mind – even in qualifying.”
"For me, this weekend was a bit of a missed opportunity."
Massa added: “Again, he could have caused a big accident. He’s paying for it and he doesn’t understand that.”
Tewin hero Hamilton, who started fourth on the grid, made FIVE visits to the pits – on laps 11, 13 (front-wing change), 15 (drive-through), 29 and 48.
After dropping down to 16th following his drive-through, an aggressive Hamilton carved his way back up the field to finish fifth behind race winner Sebastian Vettel, McLaren colleague Jenson Button, Red Bull driver Mark Webber and the fourth-placed Ferrari of Fernando Alonso.
Stevenage-born Hamilton said: “I had fun picking off cars after my penalty, but it was frustrating to once again be down the field when I felt we had a car that could have challenged up at the front.
“For me, this weekend was a bit of a missed opportunity.”
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh praised Button for his podium and 18 world championship points.
He added: “Lewis had a more frustrating day, but drove with great determination to finish fifth at the chequered flag, pulling off some fantastic passing manoeuvres in so doing.
“All in all, he had to make five visits to the pitlane – so, as I say, bearing that in mind, fifth place was a seriously impressive achievement.”
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