Hamilton’s most memorable Bahrain Grand Prix: 2007
Lewis Hamilton makes history in only the third Grand Prix of his career. He qualifies second, 0.2s behind Felipe Massa, and runs the Brazilian close throughout the 57-lap race.
After making a decent getaway from the dirty side of the grid, Lewis’s chances of taking an early lead are scuppered by the deployment of the Safety Car at the end of lap one.
Thereafter he bides his time, waiting for his opportunity, and after the second round of pitstops he finds himself 7.0s behind the Brazilian. Some scorching laps late in the race see Lewis reel in the Ferrari every lap, but he runs out of time to mount a serious challenge and he finishes 2.3s behind Massa.
Still, the result sees him become the first driver in history to finish on the podium in his opening three Formula 1 races. He leaves Bahrain leading the world championship.(McLaren)
|Full name:||Lewis Carl Davidson Hamilton|
|Date of birth:||7 January 1985|
|Place of birth:||Tewin, Great Britain|
|Debut:||2007 Australian Grand Prix|
|Last race:||2015 Chinese GP|
|World titles:||2008, 2014|
|Grand Prix started:||151|
Hamilton holds the following Formula One records
|Most consecutive podium finishes from debut||9 podium finishes: 2007 Australian GP – 2007 British GP|
|Youngest driver to lead the World Championship||22 years, 4 months, 6 days at the 2007 Spanish GP|
|Most wins in a debut season||4 wins (record shared with Jacques Villeneuve in 1996)|
|Most pole positions in a debut season||6 pole positions|
|Most points in a debut season||109|
|Most consecutive seasons with a win from debut season||9 seasons|