Lewis Hamilton is continuing to make yet more Formula 1 history by claiming the fourth consecutive podium result of his debut season in the Spanish Grand Prix, a performance that remarkably lifts him into the lead of the drivers' championship.

Making the most of the coming together between Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso on the first corner, Hamilton jumped from fourth to second by the second bend and quickly settled into a rhythm.

Although unable to do much about the rampant Massa, Hamilton was nonetheless comfortable in second in the early stages and when Kimi Raikkonen retired on the ninth lap, the Brit continued to work towards a third second place finish in a row.

While another second place means Hamilton remains the only driver of the 'top four' yet to score a victory, his consistency means he now heads the title standings, just ahead of Massa and even team-mate Alonso.

"Things just keep getting better and I continue living my dream," he beamed. "In the early stages I was struggling to get heat into the tyres and had a bit of oversteer, but things improved considerably a few laps into the race - however the gap to Felipe was already too big. In the second stint I was a bit unlucky with the traffic, but that happens sometimes.

Indeed, while the young Brit accepts victory on the day was unlikely given the pace of the Ferraris, he remains pleased to have maintained a record that makes him the only driver to have now scored a podium in each race this season.

"Overall I'm happy with the outcome of the race, and I want to keep on scoring points. The team has worked really hard since Bahrain and whilst we didn't win I still think we can take some satisfaction as we are leading both Championships."

 

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