Bahrain GP battle between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen prelude to classic year

Earlier in the race, Red Bull had complained to Masi that the Mercedes drivers were running wide at Turn Four. Wolff claimed: “At the beginning of the race, it was said track limits in Turn Four wouldn’t be sanctioned. “From then onwards, I just didn’t have the tyres to attack,” Verstappen said. Stopping first locked the race into its pattern – Hamilton now in front, Red Bull wanting to run Verstappen as long as possible before each of his two stops to give him a tyre advantage late in the race. “This has started off as one of the toughest [seasons],” Hamilton said. “Of course, this is only one race, so we don’t know what the future holds.

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