Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, claimed not to be the ‘quick’ in the Bahrain circuit during the pre-season testing. But the Briton again failed to be the fastest in the first practice session at the same circuit.
The Mercedes No.44 Hamilton finished fourth behind McLaren’s Lando Norris in the concluded first session of the Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday, March 28. Meanwhile, his Finnish teammate Valtteri Bottas was the second-fastest behind Red-Bull’s ace Max Verstappen with a delta time of 0.298s.
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Prior to the start of the first FP1 of the season, the 36-year-old Hamilton acknowledged Red Bull as the fastest at the moment based on the pre-season testing. But the Briton is confident in his team and thrilled to put on a fight against the Austrian team.
Hamilton reported to Formula1’s YouTube channel, “At the moment they (Red Bull Racing) are ahead, we have no idea. We are not quick here, whether that will be the same in every single circuit though.
“But I’m sure there will be places where we are ahead and some of them, who knows? Maybe or Maybe not. But one thing for sure, we are excited and we are down for the fight.”
Expectations from Lewis Hamilton
The Briton had a very poor start in 2021, only able to finish in the top five once during the pre-season test. Both the Silver Arrow racers reported issues with the handling and stability of the new W12. They also faced issues in the gearbox, and the defending-champion even got stuck in the Turn 13 gravel because of the handling.
However, the drivers were confident in their team, who will fix their rides prior to the Bahrain GP. The German team improved the car, but that isn’t enough to go against the Milton Keynes-based team. Max Verstappen continued his excellent performance in the first F1 of the season, finishing in the first place with a time of one minute 31.394 seconds.
But the 31-year-old Bottas gave a tough fight to the Dutch and finished second to him, but defeated his seven-time champion teammate. The Englishman only signed a single-year contract with the Brackley-based team and many speculating about the veteran driver hanging up his helmet after the current season. Therefore Mercedes No.44 needs to set his mark on the upcoming events.
Lewis Hamilton will be again seen behind the W12 in the FP2 on March 26, prior to Race Day on Sunday, March 28, in the Bahrain circuit. We might expect the Englishman back in form and fight for his eighth title and Mercedes continuing their winning streak in 2021.
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