Lewis Hamilton shunts in Bahrain practice
Lewis Hamilton crashed his McLaren into a tyre barrier at speed during today’s practice session for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
Despite being shaken up he ended with the fourth-quickest time, almost 1.5 seconds down on Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.
Judging by these events, Massa looks to be the man to beat in the race proper. He has been criticized for not being able to handle the new rules on drivers’ aids in the cars.
His best lap time of one minute 31.240 seconds was said to be a whole second quicker than his pole position lap of a year ago.
World champion team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was almost a second down, with Heikki Kovalainen third in his McLaren, just edging Hamilton into fourth.
BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica posted the fifth-best lap, followed by Nico Rosberg for Williams, David Coulthard in his Red Bull, the second Williams of Kazuki Nakajima, Toro Rosso’s Sebastien Bourdais and the Renault of Nelson Piquet.
Jenson Button was 11th in his Honda, with Super Aguri’s Anthony Davidson bringing up the rear over four seconds down.
You make your own luck, it’s said. Hamilton seems to swing from extremely fortunate to desperately unlucky. Given his car is very reliable, he needs to stabilize his performance now if he’s to live up to last season’s sensational start to his career.