Not an easy win.
Lewis Hamilton took his 36th career F1 win and the 32nd for Mercedes-Benz in F1 in a thrilling Bahrain GP. “I’m really happy with that. It doesn’t matter who it’s against – you always try to beat everyone. But it’s great to have a fight with Ferrari as well as Nico”, Lewis said. “Mercedes has been the best team on the grid for the last year or so but Ferrari are pushing us really hard now. It definitely wasn’t an easy win. It was close when I came out of the pits after the first stop and the battle behind me was intense. I had a bit of a slow stop which reduced my gap and when I was braking into T1 I saw them right there in my mirrors! From there I felt like I had it pretty much under control. I had to back off at the end with the traffic and the brakes but luckily for me the effect wasn’t as great as for Nico. I have to say a big thanks to everyone back at the factories and here at the track.
The car was really nice to drive this weekend and they've done a great job. They won't be 100% happy I'm sure as Kimi took points from us today. But it's still a good haul of points and I know we'll work even harder to do better at the next race. That's what motorsport is all about and that's why we go racing - to fight with other teams.”