Lewis Hamilton

Sanskar Tiwari

Hamilton Believes Mercedes Should’ve Been Closer To Red Bull Amid Substandard Performance

The Bahrain Grand Prix was tough for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. Despite his impressive career, Hamilton finished in seventh place, which was unexpected. The weekend started with Hamilton qualifying in ninth place, much lower than he had hoped. During the race, his car faced problems like overheating and a broken seat. Hamilton showed resilience but could only manage seventh, while his teammate, George Russell, finished fifth. In interviews afterward, Hamilton admitted it wasn’t the weekend they expected. He talked about the challenges they faced and the work ahead. Despite the setback, Hamilton remains determined to get better results in the upcoming races.

Tough Start For Hamilton At Bahrain GP

The disappointment began with a subpar qualifying session that saw Hamilton starting from the 9th position on the grid. Amidst fierce competition, Hamilton’s expectations of being closer in the fight were dashed. The Briton, known for his remarkable racecraft, faced an uphill battle right from the start.

   
Lewis Hamilton
F1/Lewis Hamilton

As the Bahrain Grand Prix unfolded, Hamilton encountered a series of challenges that hindered his performance on the track. Technical gremlins haunted his W15, with cooling issues and a broken seat adding layers of complexity to an already demanding race. Despite these setbacks, Hamilton showcased his resilience, navigating through adversity to cross the finish line in 7th place, while his teammate, George Russell, secured a commendable 5th-place finish.

In a post-race interview, Hamilton offered insight into his thoughts on the Bahrain Grand Prix. With characteristic candor, he admitted, “No, definitely wasn’t ideal today [or] this weekend. We thought we were going to be closer, but clearly not.” Reflecting on the team’s performance compared to the previous year, he added, “I think if I’d qualified better, I think that’s probably where we would have finished today, or at least fifth and sixth probably, but not much more to it.”

Assessing Set-Up Risks

Earlier in the weekend, Hamilton had hinted at taking “risks” with his set-up, prompting speculation about its impact on his race day performance. When asked about his confidence in Mercedes’ 2024 car without these factors, Hamilton remained pragmatic. “I definitely think we’ve got a… I need to go and look and see,” he responded. Observing the intense competitiveness among teams like McLaren and Aston Martin, Hamilton emphasized, “I think we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Lewis Hamilton
F1/Lewis Hamilton

Despite the challenges faced in Bahrain, Hamilton remains resolute and optimistic. “It was a pretty average race, as you can see, but I gave it everything and I feel good within myself.” With an eye on the upcoming Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, Hamilton is determined to regroup and bounce back stronger. The Mercedes team will be working tirelessly to address the identified issues and enhance the performance of their 2024 car, aiming for a triumphant resurgence in the races to come.

As the dust settles on the Bahrain Grand Prix, Hamilton and Mercedes find themselves in a period of reflection and evaluation. The team’s unwavering dedication and relentless pursuit of excellence will be put to the test as they strive to overcome the hurdles encountered in Bahrain. With fans eagerly awaiting the next chapter in Hamilton’s storied career, the stage is set for a thrilling and unpredictable journey in the world of Formula 1.