Lewis Hamilton has retired from the Canadian Grand Prix after hitting the rear of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari during the first safety car period of the race. On lap 16 the safety car was thrown out on track to allow marshals to clear the stricken Force India of Adrian Sutil off the track. As soon as the pitlane opened, most of the grid poured in. However, the exit of the pitlane was not open as Robert Kubica and Kimi Raikkonen left their garages side by side.
Both drivers were forced to pause at the end of the pitlane and wait for the green light as the field cleared the pitlane area on the track. Lewis Hamilton then came steaming down the pitlane and simply ploughed into the back of Raikkonen, seemingly unaware that the drivers were waiting. Unfortunately, Nico Rosberg then had little choice but the follow suit and clip the back of the McLaren.
Kubica left the pitlane and his BMW was undamaged, but Kimi Raikkonen retired on the spot as did Lewis Hamilton. Nico Rosberg was able to squeeze by the McLaren and rejoin the track, although the German was forced to pit for a replacement nose and front wing after comleting the lap.
Unquestionably, the incident was Hamilton’s fault and the only consolation for the Briton is that he took out his main championship rival in the process. Raikkonen appeared to take the incident well and walked away from Hamilton as he looked at his car in disbelief at what just happened.