F1: Hamilton happy with fourth place in Bahrain Grand Prix

PUBLISHED: 16:39 26 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton out in the desert of Bahrain [Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

Lewis Hamilton out in the desert of Bahrain [Pictures courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

REIGNING F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was a happy man after almost claiming his first podium of the season in Bahrain. The 24-year-old McLaren Mercedes driver from Herts recorded his best finish of the season so far with fourth place around the Bahrai

Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren garage

REIGNING F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton was a happy man after almost claiming his first podium of the season in Bahrain.

The 24-year-old McLaren Mercedes driver from Herts recorded his best finish of the campaign so far with fourth place around the Bahrain International Circuit.

"I'm delighted with fourth," said Tewin racer Hamilton.

"Considering we started fifth, we moved up one place.

"We had a great start but it was so hard to keep up with the guys.

"Red Bull, the Toyotas and Brawn are just so fast in the fast corners, so it was impossible for me."

Hamilton actually stormed into third place in the opening seconds, using his KERS power booster to good effect to overtake both Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull and Jenson Button in the run down to the first corner.

However, Button nipped inside Hamilton at the end of the first lap to reclaim third - a move which ultimately helped the Brawn driver win the race.

Thereafter, Hamilton didn't have the pace to stay with the top three drivers.

"We just got to do a lot more work and keep pushing, but it's definitely good points for the team," said Lewis afterwards.

Today's points lift Hamilton into seventh place in the drivers' championship with nine points.

Button leads the standings with 31 points after winning three of the opening four races for new team Brawn GP.

The next race is the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona on May 10.

A fortnight later it is the jewel in F1's crown - the Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo.


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