Controversy as Lewis Hamilton hits Kimi Raikkonen in pit lane

The Canadian Grand Prix took an astonishing twist as Lewis Hamilton eliminated himself and championship rival Kimi Raikkonen in a pit lane crash.

Hamilton had been leading the race but as the field pitted at once during the safety car Raikkonen and Robert Kubica left their pit boxes before Hamilton.

But the three had to stop for a red light at the end of the pits and Hamilton, apparently not having seen it, hit Raikkonen’s Ferrari. Nico Rosberg then ran into the rear of Hamilton. Raikkonen and Hamilton were eliminated while Rosberg pitted for a new front wing and continued.

Hamilton appeared to have turned to avoid Kubica’s car and hit Raikkonen’s instead. It probably was been that he was trying to avoid the pair of them.

But the less charitable will suggest that, faced with the inevitability of hitting either car, he preferred to take out the driver who was his more likely championship rival.

Afterwards Hamilton said he’d seen the red light but didn’t manage to stop his car in time.

The stewards will investigate the collision after the race.

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132 comments on Controversy as Lewis Hamilton hits Kimi Raikkonen in pit lane

  1. Steve K said on 8th June 2008, 21:23

    So basically what I am being told is humans driving cars with steering wheels are incapable of driving them next to each other at slow speeds. No wonder there isn’t much passing in this sport.

  2. SoLiD said on 8th June 2008, 21:27

    From the replay in rosbergs car, i had trouble seeing the light… it’s just around that little bend… and not that big.. not to say Lewis isn’t at fault, but it’s a human error.

  3. Gman said on 8th June 2008, 21:28

    Indeed a big miscur for Lewis…I don’t think it was intentional, but perhaps he could have kept his head a bit better and been more alert of the situation. It’s easy to say these things while tuning in at home, but still….coulden’t he see the cars stopped at the pit exit?

  4. Steve said on 8th June 2008, 21:29

    The red light also stops confusion being caused by coing back on the track in the middle of the pack; where would they be in the queue if they came out in the middle of the pack, bearing in mind they miss a corner coming from the pits…

  5. verasaki said on 8th June 2008, 21:32

    lol architron! if hamilton was a ferrari driver i’m sure that’s exactly what would happen now…well, maybe not-is max actually speaking to luca these days?

    steve-that was my question- had the sc been out for a full lap at that point? that’s the part i missed. it took them forever to decide on dispatching it.

  6. frecon said on 8th June 2008, 21:33

    Hamilton usually doesn’t make mistakes, but when he has one… It’s huge!!!!!

    After China and Brazil, now this

    Lewis has style ******* it up

    Applauses

  7. David Watkins said on 8th June 2008, 21:34

    Hamilton penalised ten places on the grid in France

  8. Lewis was joking before the race in an interview about how did his dad crash at 30mph, well his at 50mph is a little more public and sure hell of alot more expensive….atleast he can keep watching his and work it out, hopefully not looking back at the end of the season and seeing it might have cost him the title. Nice 2 see another team fighting thou, even if i’am a merc nut and it’s bmw lol.

  9. Dorian said on 8th June 2008, 21:42

    Is this penalty confirmed or still speculation??

  10. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 8th June 2008, 21:42

    Dorian – all the major news sites are reporting it.

  11. David Watkins said on 8th June 2008, 21:49

    Lewis’ team should have informed him about the red light due to the configuration of the Montreal track but that doesn’t in any way excuse his mistake. Even if Lewis had stopped in time, Rosberg would have clobbered him even harder and put him out of the race anyway.

    Good for Kimi for showing restraint. Imagine if it had been Schumi or Nelson Piquet senior.

  12. Dorian said on 8th June 2008, 21:54

    Cheers Keith/David

  13. bobmarshall said on 8th June 2008, 21:54

    Autosport reporting hamilton and rosberg 10 place grid penalty for magny cours

  14. http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2008/6/7902.html

    Hamilton and Rosberg get 10 place penalty, I think its harsh on Rosberg as the time and space he had to react would have been greater if lewis hadn’t have farced that incident out. Hamilton deserves the penalty and I know kimi took out Sutil but that was a wet race in Monaco, besides, Sutil would have got a 25 second penalty for overtakin double yellows.

    Loved Kimi’s reaction, just pointing out the red light to lewis.

  15. Haggis said on 8th June 2008, 21:59

    10 place grid penalty?

    If Hamilton had run the red light, he’d have been black flagged. As it was his race ended anyway because he missed the red light and wrecked his car.

    Because he hit a (red) car, his next race is ruined too.

    Surely the penalty for failing to obey a red light is a black flag – if your race is over, that should be the end of it.

    Well done Robert, hope to see him keep the pressure up in the driver’s championship. I’d be pleased to see Lewis win the title, I’d be over the moon if it was Robert.

    Also, great to see DC on the podium again.

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