London: Lewis Hamilton has apologised to Felipe Massa and Pastor Maldonado after criticising both drivers following the Monaco Grand Prix.

It is the second climbdown Hamilton has been forced to make over comments the 26-year-old McLaren driver made after Sunday's race.

Hamilton's attempts to pass Massa in his Ferrari and the Venezuelan rookie Maldonado in his Williams both ended in crashes as well as drive-through penalties for the Briton during the Sunday's race.

Aside from blasting the stewards, with whom Hamilton has since made peace, he also slammed Massa and Maldonado, describing them as "ridiculous".

The 2008 world champion posted an apology on his Twitter account, saying he didn't mean to criticize Massa and Maldonado and labeling them "fantastic drivers who I regard highly."

Hamilton, who is second in the drivers' championship behind Monaco winner Sebastian Vettel, also criticized stewards after the race, which he finished in sixth place.

Hamilton added Tuesday "2 my fans lost & my fans won, I wish u nothing but love & happiness."

(Agencies)