By: Ian Stafford .
Lewis Hamilton: New Kid on the Grid
is the definitive record of Hamilton's rapid elevation to the highest level of motor racing in just nine months. A rookie from Hertfordshire, Hamilton was presented with a golden opportunity by McLaren to drive one of the best cars in Formula One for the 2007 season. Surpassing all expectations, he quickly went on to record a podium in his first-ever Grand Prix, notched up four back-to-back second places and then secured his maiden victory in Canada. After only six races, he was leading the world drivers' championship.
At that point, the season took on a life of its own. The entire summer was dominated by a struggle for supremacy between Hamilton and his teammate Fernando Alonso, the defending world champion, who had not signed up to McLaren to be usurped by a rookie. Add to this the serious accusations of spying between Ferrari and McLaren, and the 2007 Formula One season soon became one of the most dramatic in living memory.
In the end, the championship went down to the wire at the last race of the year in Brazil. The outcome, like the season, had an amazing twist to it, but Hamilton's golden future was secured.
Lewis Hamilton: New Kid on the Grid relives all the drama of an unbelievable season and celebrates the arrival of the first British Formula One hero since Nigel Mansell and Damon Hill. Beautifully illustrated, it pays tribute to the outstanding achievements of an amazing new sporting superstar.