Gallery: Hamilton's disastrous day in the desert
PUBLISHED: 15:51 06 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009
LEWIS Hamilton suffered a disastrous day in the heat of the Bahrain desert. The unlucky Herts motor racer could only finish 13th in today s Bahrain Grand Prix. Hamilton lost his lead in the World Drivers Championship as a result of finishing well outside
LEWIS Hamilton suffered a disastrous day in the heat of the Bahrain desert.
The unlucky Herts motor racer could only finish 13th in today's Bahrain Grand Prix.
Hamilton lost his lead in the World Drivers' Championship as a result of finishing well outside the points in Sakhir.
He dropped down to third in the title race behind reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen, who was second on the day, and BMW's Nick Heidfeld.
The 23-year-old F1 sensation from Tewin failed to collect any points in the Gulf after an atrocious opening couple of laps.
The Herts racing hero got bogged down at the start of the desert challenge at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Having secured third place on the grid in qualifying yesterday, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver inexplicably failed to pull away when the race itself started.
A stream of cars overtook Hamilton as he was left standing on the grid and the former Stevenage schoolboy was down to tenth by the first corner.
Hamilton's problems worsened on lap two when he ran into the back of arch-rival and former McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso as he tried to pass him.
The collision with the Renault badly damaged Hamilton's car and he was forced to make an early stop for repairs to his front wing.
The incident also knocked chunks out of Alonso's rear wing and hampered his race, the Spaniard eventually finishing outside the points in tenth spot.
Hamilton was down in 18th place by lap seven, 50 seconds behind race leader Felipe Massa, and things didn't get much better.
His car lacked the traction and speed to claw back the deficit and he endured a pretty miserable race at the back of the field.
He eventually climbed to 13th as Brazilian driver Massa took the Bahrain chequered flag for the second year running.
Hamilton, however, ran out of time to get into the points and now trails Raikkonen by five in the title standings.
The next round of the championship is in Barcelona on Sunday, April 27.
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