Euro Grand Prix: Hamilton Caught Up In Rain And Chaos

July 22nd, 2007

Shortly after the race started it began pouring with rain and cars were sliding off the track with their dry tyres – especially at the first corner where the water was streaming down the hill. Unfortunately Lewis Hamilton also aquaplaned off the first corner and into the gravel as did Jenson Button amongst others.

The safety car was deployed and the race was stopped as the track was un-drivable. Incredibly enough Hamilton left his engine running and when the safely car came out he was lifted back onto the track where he was able to continue.

The safety car was coming in next lap as the pit lane opened and Lewis Hamilton pitted and took the gamble to go onto dry tyres, unfortunately it didn’t pay off as he slid off on his out lap and the track conditions were not appropriate for the dry tyre yet.

As the race got underway again Lewis was making good progress through the field, but then later on it started raining again and Lewis stayed on dry tyres as the rest of the field pitted for intermediates. But soon it was too wet for the dry tyre and Lewis finished ninth.

European Grand Prix Race Result

1. ALONSO Mclaren 2h06m26.388s
2. MASSA Ferrari +8.1s
3. WEBBER Red Bull +1m05.6s
4. WURZ Williams +1m05.9s
5. COULTHARD Red Bull +1m13.6s
6. HEIDFELD BMW +1m20.2s
7. KUBICA BMW +1m22.4s
8. KOVALAINEN Renault +1 lap
9. HAMILTON McLaren +1 lap
10. FISICHELLA Renault +1 lap
11. BARRICHELLO Honda +1 lap
12. DAVIDSON Super Aguri +1 lap
13. TRULLI Toyota +1 lap

RAIKKONEN Ferrari +26 laps
SATO Super Aguri +41 laps
SCHUMACHER Toyota +42 laps
WINKELHOCK Spyker +47 laps
BUTTON Honda +58 laps
SUTIL Spyker +58 laps
ROSBERG Williams +58 laps
SPEED Toro Rosso +58 laps
LIUZZI Toro Rosso +58 laps

Fastest lap: MASSA 1m32.853s (lap 34)

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