Slideshow: Hamilton third on grid in Bahrain

PUBLISHED: 12:47 06 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:24 26 October 2009

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LEWIS Hamilton will start today s Bahrain Grand Prix from third on the grid. The 23-year-old from Tewin was beaten in qualifying yesterday by Polish BMW Sauber driver Robert Kubica and Ferrari rival Felipe Massa. In Saturday s qualifying, Hamilton set a t

Sparks fly from the back of Lewis Hamilton's car

LEWIS Hamilton will start today's Bahrain Grand Prix from third on the grid.

The 23-year-old from Tewin was beaten in qualifying yesterday by Polish BMW Sauber driver Robert Kubica and Ferrari rival Felipe Massa.

In Saturday's qualifying, Hamilton set a time of 1 minute 33.292 seconds, less than two-tenths of a second behind pole position.

Hamilton said: "My fastest lap in qualifying was OK, but not perfect.

"The balance of the car was good, and I think a better time and a position on the front row would have been possible, but the times were very close."

Hamilton's McLaren car had to be repaired overnight before qualifying after he crashed into a barrier in Friday's second practice session.

Speaking after qualifying, Hamilton said: "Yesterday's accident was no problem for me, at turn five where it happened, I was faster today than Friday.

"It was just a matter of going for it. I know the guys worked until early this morning preparing the car after yesterday's accident, so a big thank you to them.

"I will now analyse the data together with my engineers and look forward to an interesting race.

"We have a good strategy, and I am confident."

McLaren bosses also paid tribute to the mechanics for getting Hamilton's car ready in time for qualifying after virtually building a new chassis.

Principal Ron Dennis said: "The team did a great job overnight in making the necessary repairs to Lewis's car.

"We will now see how the race unfolds and if our strategy will work out as we have planned."

Hamilton's McLaren colleague Heikki Kovalainen will start fifth on the grid.


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