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Lewis Hamilton sends classy tweet to the mechanic Kimi Raikkonen ran over

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Considering he started ninth on the grid, Lewis Hamilton ought to be happy with coming third in Sunday's dramatic Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton could only manage fourth in qualifying and was pushed down five places due to a grid penalty for gearbox changes.

Safe to say the reigning champion had a mountain to climb but he fought his way through the pack to make the podium behind Sebastian Vettel and Valterri Bottas.

Controversy surrounded his race, though. During the opening lap, Max Verstappen overtook Hamilton but immediately suffered a puncture when his rear left tyre was clipped.

Hamilton drove on unscathed while Verstappen was forced into the pits for a replacement. One lap later his race was over.

Speaking afterwards, the Dutchman slammed Hamilton for driving into him: "I had a good run onto the straight, going through the inside and of course you try and squeeze each other a bit.

"He (Hamilton) drove into my rear tyre. I had not suffered anything like this in my entire career. It seems unfair to me that the Commissioners have not punished him."

HAMILTON SENDS MESSAGE TO FERRARI MECHANIC

Hamilton and Verstappen's collision was a big talking point during the race but it paled in comparison to what happened during one of Ferrari's pit stops.

Kimi Raikkonen ran over one of his mechanic's legs when he was given the green light to go but didn't realise his rear left tyre hadn't been changed.

If you're not squeamish, you can check out the graphic footage below.

The mechanic, known only as Francesco, was taken to hospital straight after the incident and apparently fractured his shinbone and fibula. Nothing has yet been confirmed.

Francesco has since received messages of support from Formula One fans and now Hamilton has sent him a classy tweet.

In the post below, Hamilton begins by celebrating his third-placed finish and then wishes Francesco "a speedy recovery".

Hamilton wrote: "Ninth to third is a good result for damage limitation this weekend, thank you to the fans and the team for your hard work.

"My thoughts are with the injured pit stop mechanic and I wish him a speedy recovery. Looking forward to next week's race in Shanghai!"

Say what you want about Hamilton, but that's a nice touch - if only Raikkonen had shown as much care when he returned to the scene and didn't check to see if the mechanic was OK.

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