Lewis Finishes 12th in FujiOctober 12th, 2008
Lewis Hamilton finished the Japanese F1 race on the Fuji Speedway in 12th position after a drive through penalty and a collision with championship rival Massa.
A bad start caused Lewis to be super aggressive in the first corner locking up his tyres on the inside of the corner and pushing Kimi out wide who had a good start and was just in front. This aggressive move gave Hamilton a drive-through penalty.
Ok, now people are already debating whether this is fair or not as usually there’s no drive-through given under these circumstances – but that’s just the way it was today. And Lewis didn’t look happy after the race. I think the main reason was the Massa collided with him causing Lewis to spin and end up at the back of the field.
Hamilton’s post race comments:
You can always look back and wish you did something else, but I made a mistake and I paid for it. This sort of thing happens, you’ve just got to keep your head up and keep going.
We both got the same penalty but I didn’t hit anyone and he did, so I guess that’s just the name of the game, I don’t think it makes any difference, I lost one point today, which I guess is damage limitation.
We’ll move onto next week. We’ll still be as competitive and we’re going to make sure we win the last two races. We plan on winning. Not at any cost, but we plan on winning.
2008 Japanese Grand Prix Result
1. ALONSO Renault 2. KUBICA BMW +5.2s 3. RAIKKONEN Ferrari +6.4s 4. PIQUET Renault +20.5s 5. TRULLI Toyota +23.7s 6. VETTEL Toro Rosso +39.2s 7. MASSA Ferrari +46.1s 8. WEBBER Red Bull +50.8s 9. HEIDFELD BMW +54.1s 10. BOURDAIS Toro Rosso +59.0s* 11. ROSBERG Williams +62.0s 12. HAMILTON McLaren +78.9s 13. BARRICHELLO Honda +1 lap 14. BUTTON Honda +1 lap 15. NAKAJIMA Williams +1 lap R. FISICHELLA Force India +46 laps R. KOVALAINEN McLaren +51 laps R. SUTIL Force India +59 laps R. GLOCK Toyota +61 laps R. COULTHARD Red Bull +67 laps *25-second time penalty
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