Lewis Hamilton has fired a dig at Red Bull after beating Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez to a podium position at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday. The Brit wasn’t at his electric best during the opening race of the season. But the retirement of his two rivals allowed him to clinch third in the standings.
Hamilton missed out on F1 title glory to Verstappen last year.
And though he was unable to clinch first on the podium on Sunday, his performance in Bahrain bodes well for the coming weeks and months ahead.
Verstappen and Perez were both able to keep pace with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc for the majority of the race but, in the closing stages, were then forced to retire.
Both men were unhappy with their vehicles in the immediate aftermath, while Christian Horner conceding there were ‘similar issues’ with the car.
And Hamilton has now aimed a dig at Red Bull by saying Mercedes had done a ‘better job’ at preparing for the race.
“Of course, we were fortunate, but ultimately we’ve done a better job – we have better reliability,” he said.