Lewis Hamilton’s classy moment with Valtteri Bottas filmed after Bahrain GP | F1 | sport
Lewis Hanilton and Valtteri Bottas greet each other after a spectacular Bahrain Grand Prix. With new cars and new regulations coming into effect, many were eager to see how the action would unfold in the season-opening race, and it did not disappoint.
Ferrari secured a sensational 1-2 as Charles Leclerc took the checkered flag, with teammate Carlos Sainz second. Hamilton, who struggled with his Mercedes car all weekend, took the final podium spot in third, and an impressive performance from his former Alfa Romeo team-mate saw Bottas cross the line sixth.
As the drivers circled the track after the end of the race, the pair rode side by side. They then greeted each other with a thumbs up and were both very pleased with their results.
The duo enjoyed a nightmarish end to the race for Red Bull, with Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez both having problems with their cars in the closing stages. This prevented both drivers from finishing the race and Hamilton, who was heading for a fifth place, was able to claim his 182nd podium after the disaster of his rivals.
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“I think it was such a tough race, we struggled throughout practice. It’s the best result we could have achieved,” the 37-year-old said after the race. “Of course it was unfortunate for the other two drivers but we did our best and we are grateful for these points.”
He added that he was “hoping” for further updates to the car, but he warned: “It won’t be quick.” Hamilton has now taken aim at a dig at Red Bull saying Mercedes have done a “better job” of preparing for the race.
“Of course we were lucky, but in the end we did a better job – we have better reliability,” he said. “I wouldn’t say it’s luck. I think it’s everyone’s hard work. It’s been such a long season.
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“It’s going to be such a tough battle, but we like challenges – I really like challenges. It is a privilege for all of us to be able to work with large teams of hungry people, who are focused on a common goal.
“There’s no better feeling when you all come together and get a result like this.” The teams will travel to Saudi Arabia next week for the second race of the 2022 F1 season.