In a nail-biting finale, Verstappen’s automobile appeared to have the velocity to safe his 12th grand prix win and within the remaining levels did in brief take the lead, simplest at hand it again to Hamilton after working extensive off the observe.
“Superb task guys,” mentioned Hamilton, speaking to the Mercedes workforce radio. “I am so thankful. Everyone again within the manufacturing facility … running so laborious. I do know we were not fast sufficient however we controlled to do it.”
Bidding to win a document 8th international name, Hamilton seems to have an actual struggle on his fingers given the velocity of Verstappen’s Pink Bull automobile.
“It is after all a disgrace, however you even have to peer the certain,” Verstappen informed Sky Sports activities. “We are striking the struggle directly to them (Mercedes), so it is nice to start out the yr like that.”
Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas completed 3rd, despite the fact that he was once 37 seconds adrift.
“I am disenchanted with the way it went,” mentioned Bottas. “Lewis and I had other methods lately — from my aspect issues can have been higher.”
This was once Hamilton’s 96th grand prix win and his first season-opening victory since 2015.
“Max was once everywhere me proper on the finish, however simply controlled to carry him off, one in every of maximum tricky races I’ve had for some time,” mentioned Hamilton.
The hole lap needed to be halted inside of a minute after Russian Nikita Mazepin, who was once making his F1 debut, crashed his Haas automobile into the limitations at Flip 3.
The F1 season’s 2d race is the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola in Italy on April 16.