Lewis Hamilton admits he has amazed even himself with his stunning start to his Formula One career. For the third successive race, Hamilton was forced to settle for the runner-up spot as Felipe Massa took the chequered flag at the Spanish Grand Prix.
It was Massa's second straight win, and fourth of his career, and he now stands third in the drivers' standings.
But it is the remarkable Hamilton who leads the way by two points from McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso, and three from Massa.
"I keep saying I'm living my dream, and it's really true," said the 22-year-old after his fourth successive podium finish.
"To come out of only my fourth grand prix leading the World Championship when I'm racing against the top drivers in the world, is just incredible."
The result of this particular race was effectively decided at the first corner of Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya.
When the field pulled away at the second time of asking - as Jarno Trulli's Toyota suffered a fuel pressure problem that resulted in an additional formation lap - Hamilton passed the second Ferrari of Raikkonen down the long straight to take third.
A wheel-to-wheel duel between pole-man Massa and second-on-the-grid Alonso grabbed the attention.
Massa's team-mate Raikkonen was one of eight retirements due to an electrical fault.