Hamilton's happy memories of Bahrain

PUBLISHED: 13:44 03 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:34 26 October 2009

Motorsports / Formula 1: World Championship 2007, Grand Prix of Bahrain,  2 Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes), 
 *** Local Caption *** +++ www.hoch-zwei.net +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel +++

Motorsports / Formula 1: World Championship 2007, Grand Prix of Bahrain, 2 Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes), *** Local Caption *** +++ www.hoch-zwei.net +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel +++

HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel

FORMULA One racer Lewis Hamilton has happy memories of driving at the Bahrain International Circuit, scene of this Sunday s third grand prix of the season. The 23-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver claimed his third successive podium at the Sakhir

Motorsports / Formula 1: World Championship 2007, Grand Prix of Bahrain,  2 Lewis Hamilton (GBR, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes), 
 *** Local Caption *** +++ www.hoch-zwei.net +++ copyright: HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel +++

FORMULA One racer Lewis Hamilton has happy memories of driving at the Bahrain International Circuit, scene of this Sunday's third grand prix of the season.

The 23-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver claimed his third successive podium at the Sakhir track last year, finishing second behind Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

Hamilton said: "I love the Bahrain race. It is one of the ones I really look forward too, like Monaco and Spa.

"I have a lot of good memories of the track. Last year I had a fantastic race.

"It was great fun and I took my third podium in Formula 1 and took the joint lead of the World Championship, it was a bit unreal."

However, Hamilton's most cherished memory of driving at the circuit came three years earlier when he stormed through the field.

He said: "The best memory is from 2004. I recovered from a disastrous qualifying in F3, and I ended up in 23rd.

"I worked my way back up the grid to win the race. That was one of the most emotional races I had been involved in up to that point."

Hamilton currently leads the World Championship after two races having won the season-opener in Australia.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Welwyn Hatfield Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Welwyn Hatfield Times