Gallery: Hamilton back on the podium

PUBLISHED: 16:05 27 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton took third place in Spain Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

Lewis Hamilton took third place in Spain Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com

LEWIS Hamilton claimed a podium finish from today s Spanish Grand Prix. The 23-year-old from Tewin took third place at the Circuit de Catalunya following an eventful race in Barcelona. Vodafone McLaren Mercedes maestro Hamilton took the final spot on the

Lewis Hamilton

LEWIS Hamilton claimed a podium finish from today's Spanish Grand Prix.

The 23-year-old from Tewin took third place at the Circuit de Catalunya following an eventful race in Barcelona.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes maestro Hamilton took the final spot on the podium behind race winner Kimi Räikkönen and Felipe Massa, the other Ferrari driver.

"I think it's good to be back," said Hamilton afterwards.

Watched by his close family, Hamilton started the fourth grand prix of the season from fifth place on the grid but immediately overtook Pole Robert Kubica on the inside on the drive to the turn one.

That proved crucial as the BMW Sauber driver was always going to be Hamilton's main threat for a podium placing behind the two red Ferraris.

Hamilton failed to shake off Kubica's attentions after that due to two safety car periods, one following a high-speed accident involving his McLaren colleague Heikki Kovalainen.

However, the Herts hero did just enough to stay ahead of the Polish driver for the remainder of the race and get his season back on track after the blunders of Bahrain earlier this month.

He closed the gap on Massa's Ferrari to a couple of seconds but never looked like overtaking the Brazilian for second place, whilst still keeping one eye on Kubica in his mirror.

It was Hamilton's 14th podium in 21 races and second of the season after winning the series opener in Melbourne.

Reigning world champion Räikkönen, however, controlled the race from pole position with a dominant display.

The flying Finn now leads the overall standings with 29 points.

Hamilton's third place today lifted him into second spot in the Drivers' Championship, nine points adrift of Räikkönen.

The next race is the Turkish Grand Prix in Instanbul on May 11.


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