After Max Verstappen pretty convincingly won the pole position in qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes were given outsider status for Sunday’s race. However, they came to victory, and the current world champion believes that he sent a message to his critics, but also to Formula 1 critics in general.
Lewis Hamilton is a seven-time world champion and the driver with the most victories in the history of Formula 1. With such an effect, he is certainly one of the greatest drivers of all time, but many are ready to dispute his titles in the absence of real competition.
Since the beginning of 2014, Mercedes has won 103 of a total of 138 races held. Hamilton brought 74 victories and it is often argued that his successes are the result of Mercedes' total dominance and insufficiently competitive teammates, especially Valtteri Bottas, who replaced Nic Rosberg after 2016.
After winning Bahrain in a race in which Red Bull was the first favorite to win after a long time, Hamilton believes he has shown critics that they are wrong and that he is capable of winning even when he is not in the fastest car.
Also, it should be an indication that in modern Formula 1 it is not all about the car. “I think Sunday’s victory is definitely a blessing, possibly disguised. There are always opportunities to prove people wrong, and I want to think that this was definitely one of them.
” "I think there have been some in the past. There have been many in the past, of course. I have been here for a long time, but I hope that in the future there will be many more opportunities to show what I showed in Bahrain, ”says Hamilton.
The race was really interesting and tense until the last lap, which is great for Formula 1. Many have already forgotten what it is like when two teams fight equally for the title of champion. Let’s hope the rest of the season is just as exciting, and Hamilton says he really doesn’t know what to expect in the next races.
“I don’t know now exactly how tight each season was, but this one certainly started out as one of the hardest, if not the hardest,” Hamilton points out. “Red Bull’s speed is extraordinary, as could be seen.
We can’t match them in qualifying. It will be a big step for us. I thought we would be closer to them in the race, but this was also a little too close for my taste. ” "The thing is, we don't know how much better they will be in other places we visit.
Either how much worse or how good Mercedes will be. Maybe our car turns out better in other places than it was here. Maybe it will be worse, we have to wait and see. One thing is for sure, we will do our best to improve it. " The track in Imola will definitely be an interesting indicator of the possibility of a car, you just need to welcome April 18 and the second race of the season.