An exhausted Lewis Hamilton admitted that the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix was one of the toughest of his career.
Lewis Hamilton struggled throughout the 56 laps of the Bahrain Grand Prix to be able to contain Max Verstappen. After starting the race in P2, the Formula 1 legend pitted earlier than the Dutchman, allowing him to gain a few seconds over Verstappen. However, this race was everything but a formality for Hamilton.
“Wow, what a difficult race that was, […] Definitely stopping early, we knew it was going to be difficult but we had to cover Max. They’ve had an amazing performance all weekend. So it would take something really special,” says the seven-time world champion.
He insisted on how much pressure Verstappen was putting on him at the end of the race and how difficult it was to find the right balance between pushing and saving his tires for the last laps battle.
“We stopped for that last stint and were trying to find the right balance between not pushing too much and having tires that were alive at the end of the race. […] It was one of the hardest races I’ve had for a while, so I’m really grateful for it.”
The Mercedes driver keeps his position, saying that Red Bull is a few tenths faster than the Mercedes at the moment. However, a great strategy combined with a touch of luck allowed Hamilton to pip Verstappen and to take the best possible start to his fifteenth season in Formula 1.