Lewis Hamilton called his narrow 0.7-second victory over Max Verstappen at the Bahrain Grand Prix one of the most difficult races in recent memory.
Hamilton postponed Verstappen charging To win the opening round. At the end of the race, Verstappen involved Hamilton, and in short, he had four laps left.
However, Verstappen had to take all four wheels off track, pass Hamilton, and quickly return to position. Hamilton was able to stay ahead for the final lap to claim his 96th victory in his career.
“What a difficult race,” Hamilton said after the race. “They performed great throughout the weekend, so it would need something really special.”
Hamilton’s victory required him to drive to the finish with old hard tyres, but Verstappen involved him with new medium tyres.
Hamilton said: “I was trying to find the right balance between stopping at the last stint and not pushing too much and the tires alive at the end of the race. We managed to keep him away.
“I’m really grateful that it was the toughest race I’ve ever had. I’m really grateful to the men and women who have returned to the factory and, again, for constantly pushing the boundaries. I won’t give up. “
The tense battle at the front seemed to support pre-season expectations that 2021 could be a close battle between Hamilton and Verstappen. Hamilton said he needed to do his best to win the eighth world championship this year.
When Hamilton was asked if he was looking forward to the season, “I’m definitely. Every year they’re talking about when you peaked and I’m trying to make sure … well timing. I think that’s all, I think it’s probably the time, and Max is still doing really well.
“We need more to do this kind of performance. We love challenges, we love challenges. I still love my work.”
The Bahrain Grand Prix is one of the most difficult races I have experienced for some time
https://www.espn.com/f1/story/_/id/31153887/hamilton-bahrain-gp-one-hardest-races-had-while The Bahrain Grand Prix is one of the most difficult races I have experienced for some time