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Hamilton handed grid penalty for Indian Grand Prix

Updated: October 28, 2011, 06:29


McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain talks with team members during the first practice session ahead of Sunday's Indian Formula One Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit in Noida, 38 kilometers (24 miles) from New Delhi, India, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

NEW DELHI(AP) McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton will be pushed back three grid positions at the Indian Grand Prix after being punished for ignoring yellow flags during Friday's practice session, which was surprisingly topped by Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

Stewards penalized former world champion Hamilton for an incident during the morning session. Sauber's Sergio Perez was given the same penalty.

Massa had been off the pace of the top cars all season, but his time of 1 minute, 25.706 seconds around the Buddh International circuit was just good enough to push world champion Sebastian Vettel in his Red Bull into second, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso third fastest.

The afternoon session was briefly red flagged after Virgin driver Jerome d'Ambrosio ran wide and made heavy contact with a barrier, while the morning session was red flagged for the more unusual occurrence of a stray dog on the track.

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