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Last Updated: Saturday June 21 2008 15:01 GMT

Hamilton held back for Grand Prix

Hamilton during qualifying in France

Lewis Hamilton will start the French Grand Prix in 13th place on Sunday, despite coming third during the qualifying rounds.

He's being moved back 10 places on the starting grid as punishment for crashing in the back of Kimi Raikonnen during the Canadian Grand Prix.

It means the 23-year-old has got a hard drive ahead of him if he wants to finish in the top three.

"I think it's going to be very very tough," he said.

Lewis Hamilton

""This is not the easiest track to overtake on so I'll keep my fingers crossed and do the best job I can.

I hope I can push and finish in the top five."

Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen will start the race in pole position with his Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa close behind in second place on the grid.

Forced to retire

During the Canadian Grand Prix earlier this month, Hamilton made a mistake which saw him crash into the back of Kimi Raikkonen as his rival was waiting on a red light at the end of the pit lane.

Both drivers ended up having to retire from the race.