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Though there were some sublime performances over the Australian Grand Prix weekend, no one did quite enough to start the year with a perfect score. And for some of the drivers settling into new teams, Bahrain needs to be much, much better
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1, 2nd position, arrives on the podium
Photo by: Andy Hone / LAT Images
The pressure was on for Hamilton on his final Q3 run after an error on the first, but he didn't make the same mistake twice and denied his teammate pole position. Though he didn't make the most of the start, given that he had a piece of the rear floor missing just in front of the left-rear tyre he did a good job to keep second.
Verdict: A bad start was race-defining for Hamilton, who probably made staying ahead of Verstappen look easier than it was given the floor damage.
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Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences
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While Mercedes struck back against Red Bull by topping the times at Imola on Friday ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, the overall picture remains incredibly close. Despite having a possible edge this weekend, the reigning Formula 1 world champion squad is not taking anything for granted...
Mercedes may find itself leading the drivers' and constructors' standings after Lewis Hamilton's victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix, but it is well aware that it came against the odds, with Red Bull clearly ahead. Here's what the Brackley team must do to avoid its crown slipping .
It's been a tough start to Sebastian Vettel's Aston Martin F1 career, with a lack of pre-season testing mileage followed by an incident-packed Bahrain GP. But two key underlying factors mean a turnaround is no guarantee.
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