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Last Updated: Monday June 09 2008 06:15 GMT

Hamilton punished for crash error

Raikkonen walks away from the crash

Lewis Hamilton has been punished by Formula One bosses after he crashed into the back of Kimi Raikkonen during the Canadian Grand Prix.

The British driver made the mistake as Raikkonen was waiting on a red light at the end of the pit lane. Both drivers were forced to retire from the race.

Hamilton will be knocked back 10 places on the starting grid for the French Grand Prix.

The Canada race was won by BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica, in his first ever title.

Nick Heidfeld completed a BMW one-two and Red Bull's David Coulthard came third. Toyota driver Timo Glock was fourth, ahead of Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

Hamilton sorry

Hamilton and Raikkonen
Hamilton and Raikkonen

After the race, Hamilton said: "I don't know really what happened. I saw the guys in front of me, and all of sudden they'd stopped. I saw the red light but, by the time I saw it, it was too late to stop.

"I apologise to Kimi if I took him out, but that sort of thing happens sometimes."

Hamilton's mistake also cost him the lead in the drivers championship. Race winner Kubica is in the lead. He's four points clear of Hamilton who is tied on points with Massa.