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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 October 2007, 14:50 GMT 15:50 UK

Hamilton makes dream start
Lewis Hamilton celebrates his first podium finish in Australia (left), second place in Malaysia (top right) and second again in Bahrain (bottom right)
Britain's Lewis Hamilton makes an impressive Formula One debut with third place in Australia.

He loses out on second place to McLaren team-mate and world champion Fernando Alonso only at the final pit stops.

Damon Hill, Britain's last world champion, in 1996, calls the drive "tremendous", adding: "He qualified well and raced brilliantly."

Hamilton goes one better in Malaysia, finishing second and next time out in Bahrain the 22-year-old creates history by becoming the first driver to finish on the podium in his first three races.



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