Hamilton: Bahrain GP Victory Proves My Success Isn’t Down To My Car

Sir Lewis Hamilton won the 2021 season-opener despite Red Bull having the edge over Mercedes at Bahrain.

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Sir Lewis Hamilton has suggested that he believes his triumph in the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix proves that his success in Formula One isn’t simply down to him having the best car.

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Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of seven World Championships last year and broke a raft of all-time records, but his critics have argued that the bulk of his success in Formula One was down to him having the best car on the grid and an easy-to-beat team-mate.

The Brit won the first race of 2021 in Bahrain despite Red Bull having the edge over Mercedes, with him benefitting from a superior strategy which gave him track position over polesitter and early race leader Max Verstappen.

Speaking after winning the season-opener, Hamilton said: “There are always opportunities to prove people wrong and today is definitely one of them.

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“There have been many in the past and I hope there are many in the future to be able to show what I was able to do today.

“We don’t have the fastest car at the moment, that’s all good for me. I don’t mind having to pull out extra in order to make the difference.”

Continuing, Hamilton said he is “super happy” for fans as, based on what we saw in Bahrain, it looks like we are in for a close battle between Mercedes and Red Bull for the 2021 World Championship.

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“I loved every minute of it. I am super happy for the fans that they are excited, this is something they have wanted for a long time,” he said. 

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“It’s only one race, we don’t know what the future holds. With the pace they have they could be ahead a lot more but we are going to work as hard as we can to stay close in this battle and I hope for a lot more races with Max.

“It’s a long way to go, 22 races, holy crap, I will be grey by the end of it.”

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