Hamilton nets 95th win on dramatic F1 race night in Bahrain

BOITUMELO RANTAO

LEWIS Hamilton stamped his stature as a 7th time world champion when he dominated the field in Bahrain to win his 95th race

Hamilton won on the night dominated by two dramatic crashes. In the first accident, Haas driver Romain Grosjean was lucky to emerge with no serious injuries after his car exploded on impact and was torn to two pieces after a dramatic high-speed first lap crash.

Grosjean was voted “Driver of the Day”.

In the second accident, Racing Point’s Lance Stroll’s car landed upside down after Alpha Tauri’s Daniil Kyvat bumped him.

Hamilton: “Physically the race was very demanding. [Max] had a lot of speed today. I was definitely feeling it. I’m massively grateful to the team. What a privilege to get another result like this”

Red Bull got their first double podium since 2017 in Japan with Max Verstappen finishing in 2nd position and Alex Albon following in 3rd. Albon, drove a commendable race, inherited the last podium spot after Racing Point’s Sergio Perez’s power unit blew out on the penultimate lap. 

Albon, who had a tough weekend in preparation for the race, commended his team for the performance “The guys did an amazing job to get the car ready after Friday[‘s crash]. I felt like the last few races have been getting better and better”

The outcome might have saved Albon’s seat at Red Bull, amid talk in the paddock that he was about to be replaced by Perez.

Perez came within three laps of achieving back-to-back podiums when the power unit packed up, marking a double “DNF” for the team.

 

 

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