Gallery: Hamilton wins Monaco GP
PUBLISHED: 16:12 25 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 26 October 2009
LEWIS Hamilton has won today s dramatic rain-hit Monaco Grand Prix to complete a boyhood dream. The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes marvel took the chequered flag around the famous street circuit ahead of Polish BMW driver Robert Kubica. Felipe Massa, who start
LEWIS Hamilton has won today's dramatic rain-hit Monaco Grand Prix to complete a boyhood dream.
The Vodafone McLaren Mercedes marvel took the chequered flag around the famous street circuit ahead of Polish BMW driver Robert Kubica.
Felipe Massa, who started on pole, took third for Ferrari on a rainy day in Monte Carlo.
It was the Tewin racer's second Formula 1 success of the season after winning the opening grand prix of the year in Australia back in March.
Hamilton's 10 points around the glitzy Mediterranean Principality have also taken him top of the World Drivers' Championship, three points ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Massa.
It was an eventful grand prix for 23-year-old Hamilton, who emulated his hero Ayrton Senna by winning around Monte Carlo's tight streets.
Ironically, an early error when he crashed into the barrier played into his hands.
He was forced into the pits for new tyres after pranging his car in the opening laps, resulting in a puncture.
McLaren tacticians took the astute and ultimately inspired decision to fill Hamilton's car up with fuel while changing his tyres and the switch in strategy paid off.
Runner-up last year, Hamilton rejoined the race in fifth place and slowly hauled himself into the lead on a wet track as others came into the pits for new tyres and fuel.
He pulled 32 seconds clear at one point after his second stop, but the field closed up when the safety car was deployed late on following another high-speed accident.
However, Hamilton pulled clear again when the safety car came in and showed Senna-esque qualities as he surged to his sixth F1 victory after two hours of high-octane racing.
After crossing the finish line Hamilton apologised to his team, saying: "I'm sorry I hit the barrier."
McLaren's 15th victory in Monte Carlo more than makes up for that slight error.
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