Lewis Hamilton Shows His Maturity in Barcelona

Oliver TennantContributor IApril 28, 2008

Yesterday on a warm spring day in Barcelona Lewis Hamilton showed the potential of a future champion. After qualifying fifth on the grid the criticisms from the press, which had been increasing in volume last week during the test at the Circuit de Catalunya, were becoming only more scathing and admittedly things were beginning to look bleak for the young Briton. The Ferraris looked to be running away with things since they brought they're new developments to the car and it seemed that the Mclaren just wasn't quick enough.

Starting off the third row was always going to be a challenge and after the disaster three weeks ago in Bahrain I doubt anyone was expecting Hamilton to get a good start. However after getting up to fourth on lap one by getting up the inside of Kubica down to turn one it was just a question of waiting for the lighter-fuelled Alonso to pit and then for Hamilton to put in some blisteringly quick laps. This he duly did and after the first round of pitstops he was in third with Kubica quite close behind in fourth. He held his position for the remainder of the race and thanks to some safety car periods was close enough to the Ferraris at the end to actually apply some pressure as the hard tyres began to work well on his Mclaren.

In the space of 24 hours Lewis had managed to turn a worrying situation to his favour by knowing when to play the long game-something he learnt and now knows only too well after Bahrain. On a day when the Ferraris weren't really catchable such an ability is one that will stand him in good stead this season and indeed for his whole career which now seems even more likely to contain multiple championships.