F1: Hamilton moves on from 2011 Singapore Grand Prix clash with Massa

PUBLISHED: 21:13 27 September 2011 | UPDATED: 21:20 27 September 2011

Lewis Hamilton on his way to fifth place in the 2011 Singapore Grand Prix [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes / www.mclaren.com]

Lewis Hamilton on his way to fifth place in the 2011 Singapore Grand Prix [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes / www.mclaren.com]

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LEWIS Hamilton is concentrating on next month’s 2011 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka after Sunday’s Singapore collision with Formula 1 rival Felipe Massa.

The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver from Hertfordshire clashed twice with Ferrari star Massa around the floodlit Marina Bay street circuit, in qualifying on Saturday and again in the grand prix a day later.

That second incident saw Hamilton lose part of his front wing and Massa suffer a rear puncture.

Hamilton was subsequently handed a drive-through penalty by FIA race stewards for causing a collision.

An angry Massa later called Hamilton “mindless” and sarcastically congratulated the Herts-born racer in the media pen after the race.

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)

Tewin F1 hero Hamilton is looking to put his Singapore disappointment behind him and focus on the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix at the challenging Suzuka circuit on Sunday, October 9.

After finishing fifth in Singapore, having made five visits to the pit-lane, Hamilton said: “For me, this weekend was a bit of a missed opportunity.

“As always, though, I’ll put it behind me – I’m already looking forward to Suzuka!”

Hamilton’s team-mate, Singapore runner-up Jenson Button, is looking to take the chequered flag in Japan.

Button said: “We need to improve a few things in our package, but I think Suzuka should suit us a little better [than Marina Bay].

“I’ve had a run of podium finishes recently, so I’d really love to finish one step higher at the next race!”

After Sunday’s race Martin Whitmarsh, the team principal of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, said: “Next we go to Suzuka, which is one of the great circuits on the Formula 1 calendar from a driver’s point of view.

“Both Lewis and Jenson will be aiming for ultimate honours there – as indeed they will in all the remaining races of the 2011 season.”

"For me, this weekend was a bit of a missed opportunity."

Lewis Hamilton after the Singapore GP

First practice for the 2011 Japanese GP takes place from 2am to 3.30am on Friday, October 7.

Qualifying takes place from 6am to 7am on Saturday, October 8, with the race starting at 6am the following day.


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