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Hamilton success beyond own expectation.


Lewis Hamilton continues to impress casual Formula One observers with his rookie performances, but has admitted that no-one is more surprised at his results than himself.

Hamilton became only the second driver in world championship history to earn podium finishes in his first two grand prix starts when he added second place in Malaysia to a debut third in Australia, following fellow Briton Pete Arundell, who finished third in his first two starts, in Monaco and Holland, in 1964. However, while Arundell never again finished on the podium in his two-year grand prix career, no-one is expecting Hamilton to suffer the same fate.

"It is difficult to go into a season and know what to expect," he said in his typically modest style. "Testing is one thing and racing is another - although I knew I am very strong at racing. But I really didn't know what to expect - and I certainly didn't think I would be on the podium in both the first two races."

With Ferrari and McLaren showing themselves to be clear frontrunners this season, the possibility of more podiums is obvious for the reigning GP2 Series champion, although Hamilton's team boss is making no predictions about how the season will pan out.

"We will do everything we can to win both world championships, but there is an awful long way to go yet," Ron Dennis insisted, "We are under no illusions. Ferrari is a very strong team."

Ferrari's Jean Todt was, for once, in agreement with his opposite number, admitting that the fortunes of both teams will rise and fall as the year goes on.

"Three weeks ago, we were going to be unbeatable," Todt said of the reaction to Kimi Raikkonen's dominant win, "We said that it's not like that. Now it seems that it's completely finished for Ferrari. But, again, it's not completely like that."


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