Gallery: Hamilton reigns in Monaco
PUBLISHED: 11:37 26 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:23 26 October 2009
LEWIS Hamilton s stunning Monaco Grand Prix victory in the rain delighted McLaren team bosses yesterday. The 23-year-old from Herts bounced back from an early puncture to win around the glamorous streets of Monte Carlo. Hamilton smashed into the barrier a
LEWIS Hamilton's stunning Monaco Grand Prix victory in the rain delighted McLaren team bosses yesterday.
The 23-year-old from Herts bounced back from an early puncture to win around the glamorous streets of Monte Carlo.
Hamilton smashed into the barrier at the Tabac corner and was forced into the pits for new tyres with Sunday's race only six laps old.
However, he then coped superbly with the changeable weather conditions and two safety car periods to take his first F1 victory around the famous Monaco circuit.
Tewin hero Hamilton also took the lead in the drivers' ranking with 38 points ahead of Kimi Räikkönen, who was ninth on Sunday.
McLaren supremo Ron Dennis hailed the team's performance as "fantastic" and Hamilton's display as "sensational".
Dennis said: "Our guys instigated a brilliant strategy change, under pressure, after Lewis touched the Tabac barrier and damaged his right rear tyre early in the race.
"Had Heikki (Kovalainen) not had a problem on the grid, we would have had the pace for a 1-2 finish.
"That was a disappointment for him and us, but he drove a fantastic race thereafter and his time will surely come."
Norbert Haug, vice president of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport, also praised the Herts driver for adding his name to the list of F1 greats to have won around Monte Carlo's streets.
He said: "Lewis was sensational and his performance was just terrific.
"We had the best strategy, the best speed and certainly a little luck as well.
"For me, this sixth victory in Monaco for McLaren and Mercedes and 54th in total together with McLaren is our greatest so far."
McLaren boss Dennis added: "Lewis's sensational win has taken him back to the lead of the Drivers' World Championship, and we now go to Montreal, scene of his first grand prix win 12 months ago, in a strong position to continue our challenge for the championships."
The Canadian Grand Prix is on Sunday, June 8.
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