Thursday 18 January 2018

Lewis Hamilton in top gear as he 'guns' for title

Mercedes Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton believes he proved Mercedes remain the best in Formula One as the reigning champion continued his current domination of the sport with his ninth victory from the last past 11 races.

As in China a week ago, Hamilton's latest win in Bahrain was another masterful, controlled drive from a man who has now set a personal best record of finishing in the points for 11 consecutive grands prix.

Overall, Hamilton has 36 career wins, with 21 of those from pole position to open up a 27-point cushion over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg who had to settle for third behind Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

It was Raikkonen's seventh podium in Bahrain - with the Finn runner-up now on four occasions - and his first top-three finish since the 2013 Korean Grand Prix.

Hamilton finished a comfortable 3.3 seconds clear of Raikkonen, who made his way past Rosberg on lap 56 of the 57 under the lights of the Bahrain International Circuit courtesy of a mistake from the German as his brakes began to fade. With three wins and a second place from the four races so far to date, the 30-year-old is in stunning form, with no let up from last season after he won six of the final seven to clinch his second world title.

On his prospects of a third championship, Hamilton said: "I'm gunning for it."

The Briton encountered a minor brake issue but despite that, a happy Hamilton said: "The Ferraris gave us a real good run for our money."

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