Watch: Leclerc rejects lift from Hamilton after winning 2022 Bahrain GP

Sir Lewis Hamilton engaged in some hilarious post-race banter with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in Bahrain.

Formula 1 fans thoroughly enjoyed watching Sir Lewis Hamilton having some fun with the Ferrari pair of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz in the aftermath of the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix.

After an immensely difficult weekend for the Mercedes team, Hamilton was able to capitalise on a double retirement for Red Bull to finish third.

His relief was evident both after the race and after qualifying, when he ended up fifth having previously feared that the likes of AlphaTauri and Alfa Romeo might be quicker.

Conversely, Ferrari have looked superb since the start of winter testing in Barcelona, and took the 231st pole position of their illustrious history through Leclerc on Saturday, with Sainz qualifying in third.

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It preceded some wholesome content between the Briton and the Italian giants, and he was full of praise in his post-race interview.

“Firstly, a big, big congratulations to Ferrari, I’m so happy to see them doing well again,” he told Martin Brundle.

“They’re such a historic, epic team so it’s great to see Carlos and Charles up there as well, so congratulations to them.”

During the podium celebrations and the fizzy drink festivities – not champagne because of laws in Bahrain – Hamilton appeared to ask Leclerc if he wanted to be lifted up onto the shoulders of the 37-year-old and his team-mate, but the Monegasque declined the offer.

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“Lewis asking Charles if he wants to be lifted up and Charles shaking his head no,” tweeted an F1 fan.

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Hamilton and Sainz then engaged in a hilarious challenge to see who could bend down and reach their toes more easily, as Leclerc looked on with intrigue.

If this is the entertainment about to be provided throughout 2022 by Mercedes and Ferrari, then it is relatively safe to say that we are all here for it.