After falling to third after a safety car restart, Hamilton completed a hunter's drive to win for the 97th time in Formula One. Hamilton now at 69 points just 8 points ahead of Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen who is sitting at 61 points in the Drivers' Championship.
Hamilton had a stunning drive and seemed to be in complete charge during the race. You could see and hear how hard he was pushing in his face and voice. Although Bottas had a lot of momentum at the start, and you could see how difficult it was for Hamilton to catch up; it was real speed. Lewis finally made it past and was on his way.
The race winner commented, "That was such a tough race, physically and mentally, just keeping everything together. It was very windy out there, obviously, so it was easy to put a foot wrong. I didn’t quite get as good a start as Valtteri, then lost out on the restart which was not good. I was not happy about that, naturally. But that race was satisfying, when you’re in third and have to overtake two amazing drivers - amazing! Having races like that is what I live for."
He concludes, "The gap between us all is so close and every single point is going to count this year. I love the battle, I’ve loved it since my days in karting and as a team, we can’t leave any stone unturned - we’ve got to continue to push this car, squeeze everything out of it."
Overall, Mercedes pleased with their performance this weekend; they've maintained their lead in both championships, and were quick on both low and high fuel. However, with the margins razoe-thing, reminding them that they must execute flawlessly in order to defeat Red Bull.
A tough race ahead next week, Barcelona, tyre-overheating course similar to Bahrain and the team will be using the next few days to prepare for that challenge.