Gallery: Hamilton extends lead after taking second in Euro GP
PUBLISHED: 19:00 24 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:22 26 October 2009
HOCH ZWEI / Juergen Tap
LEWIS Hamilton has extended his lead in the drivers standings following the European Grand Prix in Spain. The 23-year-old Formula 1 driver from Tewin claimed a podium position behind Ferrari s Felipe Massa at the new street circuit in Valencia. Hamilton
LEWIS Hamilton has extended his lead in the drivers' standings following the European Grand Prix in Spain.
The 23-year-old Formula 1 driver from Tewin claimed a podium position behind Ferrari's Felipe Massa at the new street circuit in Valencia.
Hamilton finished runner-up almost six seconds behind pole-sitter Massa.
He is now six points clear of his closest challenger in the race for the world title.
However, Massa is being investigated by race stewards and may yet lose points.
It was a good afternoon for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team with Heikki Kovalainen also finishing fourth in Valencia.
Hamilton never looked like winning the race on the track after a slow start.
Brazilian Massa drove superbly from the off to lead from pole and take the chequered flag 5.6 seconds ahead of Hamilton.
The Herts motor racing hero was still satisfied with eight points from the grand prix.
"I can't complain with second place today," Hamilton said afterwards.
"This was a strong weekend for us, despite my having a few problems health-wise, but we pulled through.
"The track was pretty difficult to overtake on, but I maintained the gap - our lap times showed that our overall pace was good, which was encouraging."
Hamilton felt it was a good showing by the McLaren outfit.
He said: "Heikki and I scored 13 points today, which is very positive for the team, so I'd describe it as a satisfactory weekend for us."
McLaren Mercedes scored more points than any other team in Valencia and reduced the gap in the Constructors' Championship behind leaders Ferrari from 11 points down to eight.
The McLaren Mercedes team now has 113 points, while Ferrari sits on 121.
Hamilton also extended his individual lead in the drivers' rankings from five to six points.
He now leads with 70 points ahead of Felipe on 64 points.
The next race is the Belgium Grand Prix at Spa.