Lewis Hamilton was in pole position for the Olympic torch relay this morning.
The Formula One star, from Stevenage, was the first to pick up the flame on its leg from Luton to Oxford on the 52nd day of its journey to the London Games.
Hamilton missed out on carrying the golden torch through his home town yesterday, because he was competing in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The 27-year-old McLaren driver qualified in eighth spot for the race, and did not manage to improve on the position for the final standings.
The former world champion started his run with the torch at 6.34am.
The racer was nominated to carry the torch because of his qualities as a role model.
He is just one race away from a century of F1 races, and he is currently fourth in this season's world championship.
Yesterday, thousands of people turned out to watch the Olympic torch relay as it went through Letchworth and Stevenage.
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