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30 August 2010 :: 12:08:34 pm 37105

Hamilton Regains Championship Lead in Dicey Spa Test

Brit, former Formula One Champion, Lewis Hamilton has regained his control on the 2010 Championship albeit in a dicey rain affected Belgium Grand Prix on Sunday.
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Belgium, the 29th of August 2010: Famously missing out on the 2007 Formula One title following a literal slip-up in the wet in China, Hamilton almost came undone in similar circumstances yesterday.

In the rain and on wearing tread, Hamilton suggested a pit stop to his McLaren team while on lap 35 of 44, within seconds of being refused the request Hamilton lost traction and nearly his stranglehold on the grand prix.

“The Lord definitely had his hand over me there as I was able to get away with it,” Hamilton, now three points clear of Red Bull’s Mark Webber at the top of the standings with six races left, said afterwards.

“I made it all the way out to the wall and just clipped it a little bit with the edge of my wing. Fortunately not the whole car, but very fortunate to get away with that. It was so slippery out there.”

In his 2008 championship year, Hamilton took the chequered flag at Spa only to be demoted to third place for cutting a chicane, handing victory to Ferrari’s Felipe Massa. This time round, there was no sting in the tail as the lively young Brit celebrated his 14th Formula One victory in style.

“I think you can probably see by my reaction just how happy I am. I love racing. It is in my blood. I missed it so much in the break and what the whole team works for is that win. It is one of those I can tick off now and say that I have won. I get to keep this one which is great,” Hamilton exuberated.

In what really was a chaotic race due to the unpredictable weather conditions in the Ardennes and the resultant tire choices, Red Bulls Mark Webber finished second ahead of Renault’s impressive Polish driver Robert Kubica in third.

Championship contenders Jenson Button (McLaren) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) were unexpected casualties in the race retiring and crashing out respectively, while Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) finished 15th following his involvement in a crash.

Race Results (BBC Sport)

Drivers Championship Standings (BBC Sport)

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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