Tyres hit kerbs to win

2011-06-04 17:07

There’s only been six races this season yet it has ­already been ­bombarded with crashes and controversy.

2009 champion Lewis Hamilton of McLaren has been involved in quite a few of the ­incidents that have seen the drivers hit the barriers.

The F1 Grand Prix De ­Monaco in Monte Carlo was packed with action, instead of the usual ­glamour that comes with the ­territory. In fact, it’s probably been the most tyre-screeching race of the season.

Red Bull’s Sebastian ­Vettel took his first Monaco GP win and the fifth race for the ­season.

The Hispania Racing Team saw Vitantonio Liuzzi’s car take a beating after it crashed twice as a result of lack of parts.

Sauber’s Mexican rookie ­Sergio Perez lost control of his car at around 265km/h as he came out of the tunnel and ­began to apply the brakes ­during the qualifying round.

The session was red-flagged and was interrupted for 38 minutes before the race resumed for the last three minutes.
Hamilton came under fire ­after questioning race stewards and making controversial comments after the race last Sunday.

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Williams’ Pastor Maldonado criticised the Briton and demanded he be given heavier sanctions.

Massa and Maldonado had their races ruined by ­collisions with Hamilton who ­finished sixth.

Hamilton attempted to pass Massa on the hairpin bend on lap 34, but they collided, ­according to F1.com.

Almost immediately after that Massa crashed into the barrier in the tunnel after getting on to the “marbles” when he was being passed by Hamilton, another incident the Ferrari driver blamed on Hamilton for causing damage to his car.

Massa said: “He tried to pass me on the kerbs (when) I didn’t think it was possible to ­overtake. He was too aggressive.

Then, when I got to the tunnel, my car was damaged and I went on the dirty part of the track and hit the wall. What he did was unbelievable. Not just with me, but with other drivers as well.”

Hamilton disputed the claims and said that Massa had turned into him.

Asked about the penalties ­slapped on Hamilton, who endured a 20-second penalty for a later incident with Maldonado, Massa said: “I think he needs to be penalised again, and in a good way – otherwise he doesn’t learn.”

Maldonado, who had a similar collision at Ste Devote in the closing laps, said: “I think he tried the same manoeuvre on me that he tried on Felipe. ­Exactly the same, he was too ­optimistic.”

Maldonado lost a potential 10 points because of the accident – what would have been his first scoring finish for Williams.

A few other collisions that ­also stood out during the other race was during the Malaysia GP in Kuala Lumpur when ­Renault’s Vitaly Petrov retired after lap 53 due to an accident.

Petrov would have gained eighth place when he slid off on the 53rd lap and broke his steering column mounting when he went airborne after going over a kerb and had a hard landing as he hit the track.

Massa ran ahead of teammate Alonso until his challenge on Hamilton’s third-place on lap 46 led to a wing-damaging collision which forced a fourth pit stop.

He was penalised 20 seconds for the collision, but this did not affect his sixth place.

Force India’s Adrian Sutil damaged his front wing when he hit Renault’s Rubens ­Barrichello on the third lap.

The Chinese GP in Shanghai saw Sauber’s Perez clashing with Nick Heidfeld and Force India’s Adrian Sutil.

The race proved to be rather sad for Toro Rosso’s Jaime Alguersuari when he retired ­during lap nine when his right-rear wheel fell off his car after his pit stop. He was later fined for his attempts to three-wheel back to the pits.

Lotus’ Heikki Kovalainen ­retired during lap 49 of the ­Spanish GP in Catalunya last month made an error which saw him crashing at turn four.

The next race is in Canada on Sunday.


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