STORMS THROUGH TO SUPERPRIX WIN
Dec.10th, 2004: Lewis Hamilton came through from the lower
reaches of the grid to take victory in an amazing inaugural
Bahrain Formula 3 Superprix today. The British driver racing
for Manor Motorsport did a perfect re-start from behind the
safety car in a two-lap sprint to the finish and battled to
a career defining win.
had started the day 21st on the grid after an accident yesterday,
but it was two spectacular race re-starts that helped him
to victory. He was 11th by the end of the first lap of this
morning's qualification race, which is where he finished.
That meant he would start 11th in the main race in the afternoon.
again made a superb getaway - he was fourth at the end of
the first lap. Then he was up to second passing Fabio Carbone
and Nico Rosberg. But still he had Jamie Green, winner of
the morning's qualifying race, ahead of him and looking a
sure bet for the win.
would have settled for a podium after Rosberg overtook him
again in the middle of the race, but he thought his race was
shot as his rear tyres began to wear. But he got a last chance
when a late-race safety car bunched up the cars once more.
When the car pulled away and racing resumed it was Hamilton
who did the perfect job from third. Whilst Rosberg and Green
watched and battled each other down to the second hairpin,
he slipped through almost unnoticed into the lead. It was
daring, dashing and a season redeeming moment.
then needed only to hold on for a lap and a half, and he keep
calm despite the fact that Rosberg was catching him. Green
briefly dropped out of the top three as Lucas di Grassi also
slipped past him, but as mistake by the Brazilian ensured
that the Euroseries champion got the third step of the podium.
The result represented a 1-2-3 for competitors from the Euroseries.
am just overwhelmed," said Hamilton. "I was
just trying to preserve what I had in third. I couldn't even
stay with Nico. I was pretty happy to see the safety car bunching
the field. I anticipated it just right. Nico and I have been
friends and team-mates for a long time and it is fantastic
to come away first and second."
Bahrain International Circuit was singled out by all drivers
as an exceptional venue: "The track and facilities
are amazing. I've never seen anything like it."
added: "I was also pleased to get a last chance to
overtake Jamie. We both got it wrong just after the restart
though. I'm pleased though - this was a fantastic place to
drive and overtake on: the best track I have ever driven on."
Perera, who was on pole position for the qualification race,
had an unfortunate day as he stalled his car at the start.
That put him last and effectively out of contention for the