FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has been involved in yet another crash with Ferrari rival Felipe Massa.

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2011 Grand Prix of India result

1 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)

2 Jenson Button (McLaren)

3 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)

4 Mark Webber (Red Bull)

5 Michael Schumacher (Mercedes)

6 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)

7 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)

8 Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso)

The 26-year-old F1 driver from Hertfordshire clashed with Massa on lap 24 of the 2011 Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes star Hamilton tried to overtake Massa on the inside at Turn Five as the pair battled over fifth place.

The Ferrari turned in on the McLaren man and smashed into Hamilton’s sidepod.

The incident was watched by Mr Bean and Johnny English star Rowan Atkinson in the McLaren garage.

FIA race stewards investigated the crash between the two drivers and Massa was hit with a drive-through penalty for causing a collision.

After making contact with bitter rival Massa, Hamilton said over the radio: “Felipe just turned in on me. He didn’t give me any space.”

Hamilton added: “He turned in. There was nothing I could do.”

The McLaren pitwall replied: “We understand, we saw it as well.”

Hamilton subsequently entered the pitlane for new tyres and front wing and dropped to eighth as a result.

Having twice entered the pits in India’s first F1 race, Hamilton was running seventh after 33 laps of 60.

Hamilton later asked: “Was the crash my fault?”

The McLaren pitwall replied: “We do not believe so. Keep focused on the race in hand.”

When stewards deemed Brazilian Massa at fault; Hamilton was told over the radio: “Lewis, for your information, Massa has been given a penalty.”

Massa’s race came to a premature end on lap 34 when he hit a kerb and damaged the front suspension of his Ferrari, forcing him to retire.

Herts-born racer Hamilton later complained: “I’ve got a big vibration.”

The pitwall response was: “We can see the vibration, but everything is within the safe limits of the car. Last lap 0.5s quicker than Schumacher ahead.”

With Hamilton chasing the Mercedes GP’s of Nico Rosberg in fifth and Schumacher in sixth, he was told over the radio: “All cars on the hard tyre are going slower than us. We are gaining on the cars in front.”

Hamilton made another stop for tyres on lap 45 and with Rosberg also pitting, Schumacher climbed to fifth ahead of his Mercedes colleague and the now distant McLaren of Lewis, who struggled for pace on the hard tyres.

That’s the order that trio finished in, as Sebastian Vettel took the chequered flag from pole position for Red Bull.

The double F1 world champion from Germany crossed the line first in India ahead of Hamilton’s McLaren team-mate Jenson Button in second for his 11th victory of the season.

The third and final place on the podium was taken by the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso.

Mark Webber finished fourth in the other Red Bull with Schumacher fifth, Rosberg sixth and Hamilton, after his collision with Massa, seventh.

Hamilton was told over the radio: “We finished P7. Unlucky. Our pace was good until the crash. We need to check the car over.”

After crossing the finish line off the podium, a reflective Hamilton said over the radio to the team: “You did an awesome job as always. I’m sorry for the result.”

The response from the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes pitwall was: “You’ve got nothing to be sorry about Lewis. Massa was penalised for the crash.”

The top 10 was completed by Toro Rosso driver Jaime Alguersuari, Force India’s Adrian Sutil and Sergio Perez in a Sauber.

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