Lewis Hamilton knows that his victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix has not happened entirely without the help of Max Verstappen in the Red Bull.
The seven-time world champion also believes that Max Verstappen will “learn from his mistakes” and that such a ride outside the track limits will not happen to him again.
Verstappen tried to pass Lewis Hamilton with three laps to go in the Bahrain race as he had the faster car. When he tried to pass before turn 4, he started to oversteer and had to compensate. That’s why he slid over the kerbs at the side of the track and was full out. After the fourth turn, he drove back again and overtook Hamilton. According to the stewards, Verstappen gained an advantage over the Mercedes driver on the exit of this corner and he was ordered to give the place back. Verstappen then lost the race.
Hamilton said: “We were fortunate today [on Sunday] with Max going wide in turn 4 but that won’t happen again I’m pretty sure.”
So, we’ve got to do better, we’ve got to be smarter in how we navigate through our weekends with the fact that we don’t have the fastest car at the moment. But that’s all good for me, I don’t mind having to pull out extra in order to make the difference.”