Gallery: Hamilton wins Australia GP

PUBLISHED: 06:18 16 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton driving in Melbourne Picture courtest of www.mclaren.com

Lewis Hamilton driving in Melbourne Picture courtest of www.mclaren.com

LEWIS Hamilton has won the opening race of the grand prix season in Australia. Herts motor racing hero Hamilton punched the air in triumph after taking the chequered flag in Melbourne at around 6.10am British time today (Sunday). The McLaren driver crosse

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LEWIS Hamilton has won the opening race of the grand prix season in Australia.

Herts motor racing hero Hamilton punched the air in triumph after taking the chequered flag in Melbourne at around 6.10am British time today (Sunday).

The McLaren driver crossed the finish line ahead of BMW's Nick Heidfeld in second and Williams man Nico Rosberg in third following an eventful race around the Albert Park circuit.

Starting from pole position for the seventh time, it was a masterful display of driving by the 23-year-old whose family home is in Tewin.

Victory was the fifth of his short Formula 1 career, the others being in Canada, the US, Hungary and Japan last year.

Hamilton was narrowly beaten to the FIA Drivers' World Championship last year by just one point after leading the way for most of the season.

But he stamped his authority on the 2008 competition in Melbourne as only seven drivers finished the opening Australian Grand Prix after three safety cars were required due to crashes.

Hamilton's joy was clear to see as he bounded onto the podium to collect the winner's trophy.

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