NASCAR’s Bubba Wallace Reacts to Lewis Hamilton’s Stunning Performance to Win F1 Bahrain GP

Published 03/29/2021, 8:00 AM EDT
SONOMA, CA – JUNE 21: Bubba Wallace (43), driver of the World Wide Technology Chevrolet during Fridays Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, CA (Photo by Samuel Stringer/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


On Sunday, Lewis Hamilton pulled off a victory over Max Verstappen at the Bahrain GP. In wake of the breathtaking battle that led to this victory, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace sent his congratulations to the British F1 driver. It is no secret that Wallace is a great admirer of the Mercedes driver and massively respects him.

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So, he was quite ecstatic when the Briton triumphed over Max Verstappen. Both F1 drivers battled hammer and tongs, all the way until the very end. For a long time, Hamilton led the race, but Verstappen’s Red Bull was on the hunt and the Dutchman steadily closed the gap. The Dutch driver then made his move, but went wide in the process, so he had to allow Hamilton to re-overtake.

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The season-opener Bahrain GP gave F1 fans what the sport had missing for a long time – a genuine battle for the win. So, fans were delighted that the season kicked off this way, and Bubba is no different.

Bubba Wallace now has to concentrate on his own race

The African-American driver is busy preparing for his maiden Cup Series race on the Bristol dirt. He should have had his first taste of it in the Truck Series, but a rain shower forced the qualifying heat’s cancellation. In turn, it led to the Truck race’s postponement to the following day.

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HAMPTON, GA – FEBRUARY 22: Bubba Wallace, driver of the #43 McDonald’s Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 22, 2019 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Admittedly, Wallace is starting near the rear for the Truck race, so he has a mountain to climb. Luckily, for him, he is starting a little higher up the order in the Cup race. However, he will be hoping that no rainfall interrupts either race. The Truck teams already had massive headache trying to clean up all of the fenders and windshields.

However, Wallace will try his hardest to perform well in the race. For that to happen, he will have to fight his way up the order and get past more seasoned drivers. Nevertheless, he will be up for the challenge in his 23XI Racing car.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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