Date: 12th July 2011 at 10:21am
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Lewis Hamilton might not have had enough fuel to battle for a podium finish on Sunday, but that didn’t stop him giving the fans who had made the trip to Silverstone something to cheer.

The McLaren driver had a disappointing Saturday and could only qualify tenth on the grid, but that disappointment was soon forgotten following a superb start and opening two laps that had seen the 2008 Formula One World champion gain five places.

By the time the first round of pit-stops had finished Hamilton found himself in second place, unfortunately though it was an artificial position.

Not only did the McLaren not have enough pace to battle with Red Bull, it didn’t have the fuel to get him to the end of the race either and with eight laps to go Hamilton went into severe fuel saving mode.

Hamilton had to coast around the final laps, losing three seconds a lap to Felipe Massa’s Ferrari and on the final series of corners on the final lap the two cars came together.

Massa attempted to overtake around the outside and cut in front of Hamilton, the McLaren driver defended the line and bounced across the corner with his front right wheel banging into the side of the Ferrari. Massa gained the position, but only momentarily as the McLaren gained better traction got back on the inside and crossed the line 0.024 seconds ahead.

‘That was as close as it’s going to get. It was crazy.

‘I did the best job I could and I’m really so grateful that when I came across the line, the support I had was as if I had won. Thanks to everyone.’
Hamilton told the BBC.

In recent races any kind of incident that Hamilton has been involved in has resulted in an investigation by the stewards, so following the contact between Massa and Hamilton, the British driver added: ‘I’ve got a platinum card for the stewards so I expect to be there.

‘I’m actually going to go straight to the stewards and just sit there and wait.
he joked.

But on this occasion Hamilton wasn’t called to the stewards and Massa agreed that it was simply a racing incident when he told Autosport Magazine: ‘He went to the inside, I went outside, I went to brake after him and I was able to turn a little bit in front of him and he touched me a little bit, but I don’t think it was anything really wrong, in my opinion.’

Common sense prevails regarding an incident that for many was the highlight of the weekend.