After a week of struggle to control his Mercedes W13 car in Bahrain, Lewis Hamilton has opened the 2022 Formula One season with a podium.
After capitalising on Red Bull’s troubles to enter with Ferrari in the top 3 in Bahrain, Lewis Hamilton thinks a podium result was the best his Mercedes squad could aim for.
Since landing in Bahrain ahead of the new season, Hamilton has failed to show promising results, qualifying fifth behind both Ferrari and Red Bull cars on Saturday.
The race day unfolded in a similar manner, with Hamilton slipping back to sixth after passing Sergio Perez on lap one and struggling to stay up with the leaders.
However, as Red Bull’s engine appeared to be failing in the closing stages, Hamilton was on hand to pass both Perez and 2021 championship rival Max Verstappen.
Hamilton: There is a long, long way to go
“It was such a difficult race,” Hamilton said below the podium.
“We struggled throughout practice and this is really the best result we could have gotten – and, of course, it was unfortunate for the other two drivers – but we did the best we could, and we’re grateful for these points.”
“I’m hoping; I know the guys back at the factory are working really hard,” Hamilton said when questioned if he wants to see enhancements on his car for next weekend’s Grand Prix in Saudi Arabia.
“It’s not going to be a quick turnaround [with upgrades], but we all know, as a team… I do feel that we’ve been the best-unified team for so long.
“I know that we all know to just keep our heads down and keep working. There’s a long, long way to go.”
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