Hamilton penalised for pit-lane crash

Lewis Hamilton will be demoted ten places on the grid at the French Grand Prix after ploughing into the back of Kimi Raikkonen in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

The Briton peeled off into the pits with the rest of the front-runners after the first safety car period. Taking on slightly more fuel than his rivals, the McLaren driver left his pit slot after Raikkonen and Kubica, but was not expecting them to be patiently queuing at the red light as he stormed down the pit-lane.

The McLaren driver ploughed into the gearbox of Kimi Raikkonen ending both their races there and then. Race stewards gave Williams driver Nico Rosberg, who ran into the back of Hamilton’s car, the same penalty.

Hamilton apologised to Raikkonen for ending his Canadian Grand Prix.