• Singapore Grand Prix

Hamilton quiet on Massa incident

ESPNF1 Staff
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Lewis Hamilton had to replace his front wing after colliding with Felipe Massa © Sutton Images

Lewis Hamilton didn't comment on his collision with Felipe Massa which earned him a drive-through penalty during the Singapore Grand Prix.

Hamilton was running sixth when he clipped the rear of Massa's car, giving the Ferrari a puncture and breaking his own front wing. After being penalised for the incident, Hamilton put in an impressive recovery drive to finish fifth, but after the race Massa criticised him for his driving, and sarcastically congratulated Hamilton in the TV pen. Hamilton steered clear of the issue, however, instead focusing on the positives for his McLaren team.

"Congratulations to Seb on a great drive - he drove fantastically all weekend," Hamilton said. "And well done to Jenson, too - he showed what was possible from our package by really getting the maximum out of it. He nearly brought home the victory too - so I'm encouraged that we can continue to challenge for wins for the rest of the season.

"I had fun picking off cars after my penalty, but it was frustrating to once again be down the field when I felt we had a car that could have challenged up at the front. For me, this weekend was a bit of a missed opportunity. As always, though, I'll put it behind me - I'm already looking forward to Suzuka!"