Bahrain GP: Lewis Hamilton Confesses Touching F1 ‘Peak’ After Tense Verstappen Battle

Published 03/28/2021, 1:44 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Lewis Hamilton may have witnessed one of the most intense races in his F1 career, and who better to gift him that pressure-induced battle than the flying Dutchman, Max Verstappen.

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Ever since the start of the race, both Lewis and Max were in entirely different strategies, and those vast strategical differences didn’t matter in the end, as both the drivers converged within a second from each other by early as 5 laps away from the checkered flag.

One might assume the 7-time world champion was in a better car, which may have given him a substantial advantage over his rival. Well, that isn’t entirely true. Yes, Lewis does possess a great car. However, he was also driving on a much older set of tires than Max.

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Amid possessing such a disadvantage, Lewis managed to fend off the Red Bull despite the latter remaining within a second, gaining massive help from the DRS.

What did Lewis Hamilton say?

Following such an electric race, Lewis opened up about that the late battle with Max on the track during the post-race interview.

What a difficult race that was. Definitely stepping early was going to be difficult but we had to cover Max. They’ve had an amazing performance all weekend,” he said.

Lewis Hamilton post-race interview from formula1

So, it was gonna take something pretty special. And Max was all over me right at the end.

“But just about managed to hold him off. It was one of the hardest races I’ve had for a while. So, I’m really grateful for it.”

I’m probably at the peak: Lewis

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After portraying an incredible defense, especially with Max being the charging bull from behind, Lewis reckoned that he is peaking at the moment.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron

Each year, they’re talking about ‘when you hit your peak?’ I think the timing is everything. I think I’m kind of probably at that and Max is really doing well at the moment too. So, it’s gonna taking everything and more for us to put performances like this,” Lewis said.

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Overall, what a season-opener Max and Lewis managed to gift the fans. After almost a decade of Mercedes domination, it looks like 2021 could be a breath of fresh air, with the Dutchman joining the chase after the title. Hence, will this feisty Max-Lewis battle continue to sustain through the entire season? Well, let’s hope it does.

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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