The 2020 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix was a race to cherish for Lewis Hamilton, who looked comfortable for the win from the get-go. Max Verstappen, behind in P2, looked to threaten and was relatively good with his race pace. Ultimately, Hamilton was just far ahead and claimed the race win.
It turned out to be a good day for Red Bull Racing as well, holistically speaking. Verstappen ensured he kept the pressure going on the defending champion and eventually forced an undercut. His teammate Alex Albon also picked up a podium finish after Sergio Perez’s incident.
Both drivers were asked whether drivers should be given the option to continue the race, having seen something akin to Grosjean’s incident.
Hamilton said, “I don’t think so. We’re not the safety regulators. We’re here to do a job and we rely on the FIA who are aware of safety and we trust them implicitly so no, I do not think so.”
Verstappen added his point of view by saying, “Yeah, they get why you win the race. We’d be the team boss, I would kick him out of the seat.” Hamilton, from the looks of it, did not understand what had been initially said.
And so Verstappen reiterated, “If the guy wouldn’t race and I would be the team boss, I would tell him then you never sit in the seat again. Yeah.”
To which Hamilton responded and stated, “I hope you’re not my team boss.”
In the absence of Bottas, it was Max who got the better starts on both occasions in the race. The Dutchman tried his absolute best to stay close to Hamilton, but had to concede defeat to the sheer power of the Mercedes machinery.
Naturally, Red Bull will be looking to give Verstappen a championship-winning car. Or, at the very least, a car capable of competing with Hamilton, week in and week out. For F1 is also about two of the best drivers going wheel-to-wheel and showing their skills in a bid to gain supremacy.