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In their words: 2019 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix

Apr 012019

Hot, dusty, and kicking up sparks under twinkling floodlights. The 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix went live last weekend. Lewis took his 74th career victory, his first of the 2019 season and third at the Bahrain International Circuit. Valtteri came home second, completing a Mercedes 1-2 and claiming his 1000th point in Formula One. Read about how it all went down in Lewis and Valtteri’s own words

Lewis Hamilton: ”Clearly the Ferraris had been quick all weekend. Charles had been incredibly rapid all weekend and was quickest in all sessions, and truly deserved the win. At the start I was hopeful to leapfrog at least one of the cars and in my opportunistic mind I was thinking to jump both of them at the start. But I got a terrible start once again, which is a bit disappointing, as I've put a lot of work in to try and improve those.

After that, I think it was up and down clearly throughout the race. It looked like I could keep up with at least one of the Ferraris. And then that second stint was horrible, on the soft tyre. Then we fell back behind the Ferraris and it looked like we were out of contention for a second or even the wind.

I was just battling this snappy, oversteery car in these winds, which were very tricky out there. And then with the undercut, that was a very exciting moment for me. I definitely didn't see all that happening when we pulled up to the grid, but I'm grateful for it. Clearly we were very lucky to get the 1-2 as a team. I think collectively we'd done a solid job through the weekend and Ferrari had out-performed us from the get-go. We've got to continue to work, as everyone is, it's very, very hard. We'll analyse where we have gone wrong this weekend."

 

Valtteri Bottas: “As a team we got a bit lucky today but we kept it together, we did no mistake as a team and the car was very reliable -- and that's the win today. The hard work at the factory is paying off like this, so that is good. There were many points that were very interesting and exciting in that race and good fun -- but then there were points in that race where I felt quite lonely! I didn't see anyone.

 

I managed to save the engine at some point when there was no threat from behind and a big gap in front. Also, I had a plastic bag stuck on my front wing at some point, which was costing performance, so not the perfect race but in the end, luck was on our side and we'll definitely take it -- especially me, after all the bad luck last year. Obviously hard luck for Charles, he was very strong but it will come for him. I had to wait for more than 80 races for my first win, so I'm sure it's going to be OK.”

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