Hamilton accuses Italian rival team of helping Vettel

Updated: May 27, 2011, 17:01 PM IST

London: British Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton has sensationally accused a rival team of illegally helping out title rival Sebastian Vettel.

British ace reckoned that Toro Rosso was colluding with Red Bull to aid championship pace setter Vettel.

Hamilton claimed the Italian-based outfit`s drivers Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari blocked him in last weekend`s Spanish Grand Prix.

And McLaren ace Hamilton, 26, blasted: "This kind of thing shouldn`t happen because they are not really supposed to be a sister team are they?”

He added: "If that continues to happen then some penalties should probably be handed out."

Hamilton chased Vettel for more than 40 laps in Barcelona on Sunday but could never get close enough to mount an overtaking bid.

He insisted he would not make a personal complaint but had made his team aware of his problems.

Bureau Report