Hamilton gives rivals icy reception after Shanghai win

London, Oct.20 : British Formula One race Lewis Hamilton gave his rivals an icy reception after his sizzling win in Shanghai Grand Prix.

The McLaren star blanked Ferrari duo Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa.

But he was obviously annoyed by the criticism heaped on him by the Italian camp.They hugged on the podium but it was hardly a happy occasion with Massa standing there poker-faced.

Hamilton, 23, is seven points ahead of the Brazilian at the top of the drivers' championship and could be crowned F1's youngest king in Brazil in 13 days.

The Sun quoted him as saying: "People can think of me what they like - all I care about is winning. All that matters is winning. That's what I am here for - I want to be world champion."

Hamilton was on the receiving end of several bitter outbursts from rivals in the run-up to yesterday's race.

Story first published: Monday, October 20, 2008, 13:34 [IST]
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