F1: Hamilton crashes out of Italian Grand Prix

PUBLISHED: 13:13 12 September 2010 | UPDATED: 16:51 12 September 2010

Lewis Hamilton on track around the Monza circuit in Italy [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

Lewis Hamilton on track around the Monza circuit in Italy [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

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LEWIS Hamilton crashed out of the 2010 Italian Grand Prix at Monza on the opening lap.

2010 Italian Grand Prix result

1 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

2 Jenson Button (McLaren)

3 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)

4 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

5 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

6 Mark Webber (Red Bull)

DNF Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)

Starting fifth on the grid, the 25-year-old McLaren Mercedes driver from Herts took Red Bull’s Mark Webber off the line.

McLaren colleague Jenson Button, the reigning Formula 1 world champion, also passed pole-sitter Fernando Alonso to take the lead.

Hamilton then made contact with the Ferrari of Felipe Massa at the Della Roggia chicane.

His front right wheel came loose in the collision and he ran off the track into the gravel.

A dejected Lewis returned to the paddock on foot.

Hamilton started the race three points clear of Webber in the title race but lost his lead in the drivers’ standings as a result of his DNF.

Spaniard Alonso eventually took the chequered flag to win the Italian Grand Prix for Ferrari from pole position ahead of Button in second place.

Massa claimed the final step on the podium in the second Ferrari in front of the Italian team’s home fans.

Sebastian Vettel finished fourth for Red Bull with Nico Rosberg fifth and Webber sixth.


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