Hamilton’s rollercoaster weekend

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren Mercedes, Nurburgring, qualifyingIf you believe in fate, it certainly had it in for Lewis Hamilton this weekend. His fortune swung from one extreme to the other in the blink of an eye at the Nurburgring.

He suffered a massive accident in qualifying that was not of his own making – hitting the barriers at 140mph after a failure on his McLaren.

But he had a remarkable stroke of fortune in the race when he was able to re-start after being pulled out of a gravel trap by a crane. Here’s how his rollercoaster weekend unfolded:

UNLUCKY – Crashes at 140mph in qualifying after his front right tyre works loose. Taken away on a stretcher and airlifted to hospital.

LUCKY – Escapes serious injury and is able to race.

LUCKY – Inspired start puts him fourth from tenth at turn two.

UNLUCKY – The BMWs tangle and puncture his tyre, sending him to the pits for a replacement.

LUCKY – Rain ours down meaning everyone else will need an early stop for tyres anyway.

UNLUCKY – As the rainwater gets too deep for the cars to pass through turn one, Hamilton is one of several cars to spear off at the corner.

LUCKY – Hamilton stays in the car with the engine running gets extracted from the gravel trap by a rescue crane and re-started, now a lap down.

LUCKY – The race is stopped and Hamilton is allowed to take his lap back under the rules. He is also able to get in a ‘free’ pit stop to take on more fuel.

UNLUCKY – He switches to dry weather tyres too early and is lapped again.

UNLUCKY – Lapped by Felipe Massa, hindering his progress through the field and giving him one fewer lap to overtake other cars.

UNLUCKY – Stays on dry weather tyres for a lap too long, possible because the team needed to prioritise Fernando Alonso’s pit stop to keep him within range of Massa.

UNLUCKY – Beaten to the last points-paying position by Heikki Kovalainen by 1.5s.

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