Sebastian Vettel praised Lewis Hamilton’s victory within the Bahrain Grand Prix, saying he outsmarted his rival Max Verstappen.
Hamilton ran second within the opening levels of the race, however jumped forward of Verstappen by means of the pit stops and resisted strain from the Pink Bull driver over the ultimate laps. Verstappen managed to overhaul Hamilton with three laps to go, however left the observe whereas doing so, and needed to hand the place again.
“I noticed the highlights after the race,” mentioned Vettel, who completed a distant fifteenth in his Aston Martin. “I feel Max was sooner, he had higher tyres on the finish of the race, however Lewis was smarter and drove properly and stored his head down and did what he needed to do.”
“I feel he had, in that regard, nothing to lose and every little thing to win and he got here out and gained so it speaks for him.”
Vettel believes Verstappen, who was quickest all through follow and scored an emphatic pole place on Saturday, ought to have taken the victory. “Max I feel had an opportunity, he was sooner, ought to have gained the race, didn’t win the race and Lewis gained the race,” mentioned Vettel. “So I feel in that case it’s actually Lewis that gained the race.”
Hamilton mentioned his shut win within the first race of the brand new season confirmed Pink Bull might be tough to beat over the remainder of the yr.
“I had a optimistic feeling, naturally with the consequence,” he mentioned. “It was a really tough weekend for us. It’s clear that Pink Bull have began off actually, rather well and with an excellent package deal and Max is driving rather well.
“It’s arrange for an excellent season forward. After all we don’t know what to anticipate transferring forwards into these subsequent races with totally different temperatures and totally different observe surfaces however it’s going to be enjoyable a technique or one other.”