When Hamilton buried his title hopes in the gravel

On this day in 2007, Lewis Hamilton - in his maiden season of F1 - was on course to putting the title out of reach of his rivals in the penultimate round of the world championship in China.

A stint on intermediate tyres on Shanghai's damp track had put him in command of the race, but when Hamilton headed to the pits, his badly worn tyres robbed him of grip as he negotiated the sharp left-hand turn, the McLaren hopelessly sliding into the gravel where it buried itself in shame.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen picked up where Hamilton left off and won the race, setting up a title showdown in Brazil that the Finn would also win.