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Kubica Wins F1 Canadian Grand Prix
    2008-06-09 08:18:58     Xinhua

Lewis Hamilton of McLaren failed to brake his car and hit Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari on the pit lane before Robert Kubica of BWM Sauber won the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Thus, Hamilton will drop 10 places on the French Grand Prix starting grid, the same penalty imposed by race stewards on Nico Rosberg of Williams.

World champion Raikkonen stopped at the red light at the end of the pit lane on lap 20, with Polish driver Kubica waiting alongside, after they made their first stops while the safety car was deployed.

Hamilton, 23, who won in Monaco two weeks ago and led the race from pole position, failed to brake in time, piling hard into the back of the stationary Ferrari with Rosberg then shunting the McLaren and breaking his car's front wing.

The German was able to return to the pits for a new front wing and finished 10th.

The French GP, round eight of the 18-race championship, will be held at Magny Cours on June 22.

Hamilton is second in the championship, four points behind Kubica and level with Ferrari's Brazilian Felipe Massa.

"We got into the pitstop, I saw the two guys in front of me and they were battling in the pit lane," Hamilton said, "I saw the red light but by the time they had stopped and I had seen the red light it was a bit late."

"I apologise to Kimi if I've ruined his race but that sort of thing happens."

Raikkonen said "I'm not angry but what Hamilton did was inexplicable. More, it was stupid. It is one thing to collide on the track in the heat of the race and another in the pit lane when you are stopped at a red light."



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