Gallery: Hamilton describes his Bahrain Grand Prix experience
PUBLISHED: 18:44 26 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 October 2009
HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel
LEWIS Hamilton s third consecutive points finish moves him up to seventh in the FIA F1 World Drivers Championship. The 24-year-old McLaren Mercedes hero from Herts took fourth place in today s Bahrain Grand Prix. Starting from the third row, he made a f
LEWIS Hamilton's third consecutive points finish moves him up to seventh in the FIA F1 World Drivers' Championship.
The 24-year-old McLaren Mercedes hero from Herts took fourth place in today's Bahrain Grand Prix.
Starting from the third row, he made a fantastic getaway at the Sakhir circuit in the blistering heat.
Hamilton quickly moved from fifth to third after vaulting both Brawn GP's Jenson Button and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel into the first corner.
On the opening lap, he was even able to look up the inside of Jarno Trulli's Toyota for second, but prudently dropped back.
At the start of lap two, he was relegated to fourth by a charging Button.
"My start was quite good," said Lewis afterwards.
"Unfortunately, I was not able to keep third place.
"Jenson was just so fast through the corners, so he was on my tail all the time."
Nonetheless, the motor racing driver from Tewin remained in fourth through the first round of stops.
He pitted at the end of lap 15 and was stationary for 7.6 seconds, jumping Timo Glock but being usurped by Vettel. Settling in behind Vettel and Trulli for the middle stint, the team remained hopeful of claiming a podium position but the pace of the lead cars left Lewis a solid fourth after his second pitstop on lap 37.
"I'm delighted with fourth," he said in the paddock afterwards.
"The Toyotas, Red Bulls and Brawns were so fast in the high-speed corners that it was just impossible to keep up.
"But this is another encouraging step for the team, we just need to keep working on the car because we're not really fighting back quite yet, we are collecting points.
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