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Difficult Weekend For Hamilton

McLaren driver called to stewards twice after Monaco race

Posted May 31, 2011 by Chris White

It was another difficult weekend for Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton had two run-ins with race direction at this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, and still managed to clinch sixth place as Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel took yet another victory.

Hamilton was given a 20-second time penalty after the race for causing a collision with Williams’ Pastor Maldonado with 5 laps to go. Despite the penalty, the British driver held on to his sixth place finish, the lowest finishing driver without being lapped by Vettel.

This was added to the drive-through penalty Hamilton received for bumping into Felipe Massa.

The time penalty followed an incident on Saturday in the third qualifying session. Hamilton had his best time removed by the stewards for jumping the chicane, which would have put him in seventh place on the grid for the race. Instead, Hamilton qualified ninth and this penalty proved too much of a gap to make up on the Red Bull of Vettel and his team mate Jenson Button, who qualified in second place and finished third.

Hamilton said afterwards, "It's an absolute frickin' joke, I've been to see the stewards five times out of six this season. People want to see racing," the Englishman said. "But you get done trying to put on a show, trying to make a move. Fair play, if I feel I've gone too late I'd hold my hand up to admit I've caused an incident. But it's not the case."

When he tried a light-hearted line to the gathered journalists, quoting Ali G “Maybe it’s because I is black,” he got called in to see the stewards once again, but was not charged and later issued an apology.

The race itself was set for a finish fitting of the grand location, with Vettel, Button and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso separated by two seconds, before Renault’s Vitaly Petrov collided with the barriers by the swimming pool section of the track, causing the race to be run behind the safety car, and once the race resumed, with all three drivers on new tyres, Vettel was able to take his fifth win from six races this season.

Petrov has been released from hospital after complaining about pain in his ankle but doctors found no damage and he is expected to be fit for the next race in Montreal on 10-12 June.

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