Lewis Hamilton dominated the F1’s 1000th race ahead of its team mate Valtteri Bottas. It is an astonishing record, equalling the results that Williams Renault achieved in 1992, when Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese obtained three consecutive 1-2 at the beginning of the season.
With a brilliant start, the 5 times Formula 1 champion took the first position over his team-pair maintained the first position over the full length of the race, showing with no doubts the fastest pace.
Hamilton reckoned that the start was crucial to make a difference and obtain his second victory in the Formula 1 2019 season, remarking how we was not sure about Mercedes’ competitiveness after Sakhir.
"The start was really where I was able to make the difference and after that it was history," he said.
"It has not been a straightforward weekend but what a fantastic result for the team. Everyone has worked so hard.
"We came here and didn't know where we would stand against the Ferrari, as they were so quick in the last race."
Valtteri Bottas agreed that the start was the key-moment that allowed Lewis Hamilton to sneak ahead. In particular, a wheelspin issue while accelerating costed him the position.
"I think I lost it in the start, honestly," said Bottas.
"It was a shame about the start. I got some wheelspin as I went over the white line, the start/finish line, which is immediately after my grid box, so I lost it there."
The Finnish driver added that, despite the similar pace, he could not follow Hamilton because of the dirty air.
“The car was feeling OK and the pace was similar. But in the first stint, in the dirty air, I couldn't follow.”
Nevertheless, he underlined that the Mercedes start has been fantastic, being proud of the team efforts and performance.
"It is small details, but it is early days in the season, things are looking good," he added.
"I am really proud for the team we've done three perfect weekends so far that is very good."