Both title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa have received penalties during the Japanese Grand Prix following incidents at the start of the race. Hamilton had made a move on Massa up the inside at Turn Ten, but Massa couldn’t slow down in time and took to the grass. When the Brazilian returned to track he made contact with the McLaren and Hamilton spun through 180 degrees. For this, Massa received a drive-thru penalty.
The incident that got Hamilton into trouble happened at the start of the race when Kimi Raikkonen managed to get ahead off the line. As the pair headed into Turn One, Hamilton attempted to re-pass the Ferrari, but ended up locking his tyres and forced Raikkonen out wide and onto the run-off area. Raikkonen lost a lot of places as he collected his car back together around the outside of the corner, and Hamilton was given a drive-thru penalty as punishment.
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