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Hamilton wins thrilling season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix

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Good write-up. An exciting, even gripping race. The Honda-engined cars certainly now have the balance and pace to take it to Mercedes. Strategy, luck and skill will make the crucial difference. Interesting battles throughout the field.

Looking forward to the next race. Max will surely be winning very soon.

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The author doing his best to make out like this wasn't staged like the last 8 seasons. Lol.

Hamilton's "skill" is 50hp more than any other car on the grid, including Botas' car.

It was nice of Red Bull to - once again - relent and let the "7-time Intra-Mercedes champion" win the opening race of the season, but then again, hardly anyone watches this staged BS anymore so.... whatever makes them happiest without actually winning a championship I guess.

Good finishing for McLaren and also Tsunoda finishing P9 with a solid pass on Stroll.

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What a thrilling race!

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The GOAT does it again!

The author doing his best to make out like this wasn't staged like the last 8 seasons. Lol.

Hamilton's "skill" is 50hp more than any other car on the grid, including Botas' car.

It was nice of Red Bull to - once again - relent and let the "7-time Intra-Mercedes champion" win the opening race of the season, but then again, hardly anyone watches this staged BS anymore so.... whatever makes them happiest without actually winning a championship I guess.

Good finishing for McLaren and also Tsunoda finishing P9 with a solid pass on Stroll.

@Hitchhiker.....................if he wasn't the best then they would have hired a less expensive driver, save money, an d re-invest in the car.

Analogy: Just because modern basketball players use the latest technology to train does not mean that if they play against basketball players 50 years ago using the same outdated equipment, they still would not beat the best teams of the past by 100 points.

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NumanMar. 29  04:29 pm JST

@Hitchhiker.....................if he wasn't the best then they would have hired a less expensive driver, save money, an d re-invest in the car.

You just unwittingly proved my point about Hamilton winning only because he has the fastest car with the highest power available. Mercedes contract to Hamilton dictates how much Hamilton is paid. The fact that Mercedes have a budget of that size to pay Hamilton is not a qualifier as to Hamilton's ability at all. It's merely the spoils Mercedes can award its drivers. Don't think for a moment that if Mercedes wasn't winning everything for almost a decade they wouldn't cut Hamilton's pay by 2/3rds, and fans like yourself would wonder why Mercedes didn't hire Verstappen instead... you know, someone who can win in inferior machinery.

Why are they winning? Because they have 50hp more than any other team. Why's that? Because they started working on a V6 turbo hybrid drivetrain in 2009, almost 2 years before the Hybrid formula announcement was made by the FIA. Mercedes were allowed to enter F1 again on those terms so that they definitely would after Toyota, BMW and Honda left due to the GFC. They needed a "marquee" mainstream opponent to Ferrari and they got it.

Note that this has nothing to do with Hamilton. George Russell proved beyond a doubt that a even a mediocre rookie can lead by 30 seconds and (almost) win in that car. This is fact.

Analogy: Just because modern basketball players use the latest technology to train does not mean that if they play against basketball players 50 years ago using the same outdated equipment, they still would not beat the best teams of the past by 100 points.

Basketball games are won and lost by putting a ball through a hoop. You either sink it or you miss. F1 is so completely different it's a farce. But here let me explain. F1 races are won by a combination of factors listed in order of priority: Reliability, engine power output, Grip (mechanical and downforce), driver ability, and of course teamwork. Teamwork is listed last among those because great drivers like Verstappen can still win despite being in INFERIOR machinery AND have an opponent with a more reliable, faster car on his side. Note the first three things, ask any driver how they rate those things in terms of necessity to win races and they will list them 1, 2 and 3 like I have. To argue that they don't mean as much as driver skill/ability is breathtakingly naive. Mercedes knows this, and they have abused their position in F1 to the detriment of the entire sport.

Your so-called "GOAT" is actually a car, not a driver.

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@Hillclimber You just hate Mercedes and LH, don't you? The way you rant tells everyone so. Did you actually watch the race? RB was faster on straights and corners. LH's Mercedes was definitely slower. I thought LH drove like hell to stay a few seconds behind RB in the beginning of the race. Then Mercedes took the risk and changed to hard tires and that was really a huge gamble. And when Max got his medium, did you see how he cut like 1 sec off every lap from LH? How can Mercedes be faster or have 50hp more? The whole race clearly shows RB was way faster. If Max did not run off the track while finally overtaking LH, he would have won the race. He even said if he had stay on and not gave the lead back and accepted a 5 sec penalty, he could have won. So Max even knew he had a faster car. But the rule was for him to give back the lead and after that he could not even overtake LH, he even drifted off. So, is LH a lucky driver then? Or he actually was a really good driver? He did not win 7 championships because he had 50hp more. Sour grapes ay?

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@Hillclimber

You just unwittingly proved my point about Hamilton winning only because he has the fastest car with the highest power available. Mercedes contract to Hamilton dictates how much Hamilton is paid. The fact that Mercedes have a budget of that size to pay Hamilton is not a qualifier as to Hamilton's ability at all. It's merely the spoils Mercedes can award its drivers. Don't think for a moment that if Mercedes wasn't winning everything for almost a decade they wouldn't cut Hamilton's pay by 2/3rds, and fans like yourself would wonder why Mercedes didn't hire Verstappen instead... you know, someone who can win in inferior machinery.

Actually, I did not. You just illogically!

Car companies hire the best drivers that they can afford. All other sports hire the best athlete that they can afford because it increases their chances for success. Are you saying that is not how sports team operate?

They chose Hamilton with the expensive price tag that comes with his contract because he is the best, and they know it. They have the best car, and they wanted the best driver.

Your logic makes no sense. If their superior automobile was all they needed to win then they would hire someone cheaper and save money which increase their profits!

Hamilton is the GOAT, and his winning record speaks for itself!

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TheRedsMar. 30  11:57 pm JST

@Hillclimber You just hate Mercedes and LH, don't you? The way you rant tells everyone so. Did you actually watch the race? RB was faster on straights and corners. LH's Mercedes was definitely slower. I thought LH drove like hell to stay a few seconds behind RB in the beginning of the race. Then Mercedes took the risk and changed to hard tires and that was really a huge gamble. And when Max got his medium, did you see how he cut like 1 sec off every lap from LH? How can Mercedes be faster or have 50hp more? The whole race clearly shows RB was way faster. If Max did not run off the track while finally overtaking LH, he would have won the race. He even said if he had stay on and not gave the lead back and accepted a 5 sec penalty, he could have won. So Max even knew he had a faster car. But the rule was for him to give back the lead and after that he could not even overtake LH, he even drifted off. So, is LH a lucky driver then? Or he actually was a really good driver? He did not win 7 championships because he had 50hp more. Sour grapes ay?

That's a lot to type out for what can be answered by one simple word: It's called "Sandbagging".

Mercedes are sandbagging, juuuust enough to keep Ferrari and RBR in F1, so that they can still run a championship.

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NumanMar. 31  12:29 pm JST

Actually, I did not. You just illogically!

Wow... ok. Read on and learn something.

Car companies hire the best drivers that they can afford. All other sports hire the best athlete that they can afford because it increases their chances for success. Are you saying that is not how sports team operate?

This is not what happens when you have a CLEAR advantage over the rest of the field. Mercedes doesn't care who is driving their car, they will win regardless. Yes, Hamilton has good experience, and he is equal to all the other top drivers like Verstappen, Vettel, Ricciardo and Kimi (up until a few seasons ago). The fact that Mercedes paid Hamilton what they did was dictated by the going rate. Renault paid Ricciardo a stupid amount of money for 2 seasons..... was he not the best driver available at the time? I just answered your question. Given the option they would not have made a higher offer for Hamilton if he was out of contract because Ricciardo had proven himself to Renault by being successful in inferior machinery. Hamilton was and still is an unknown quantity in a slower car. Just because he wins in a Mercedes with 50 extra HP, doesn't mean he can win in a Renault.

They chose Hamilton with the expensive price tag that comes with his contract because he is the best, and they know it. They have the best car, and they wanted the best driver.

See above. When Hamilton joined Mercedes they already had Schumacher - THE ACTUAL GOAT DRIVER - driving for them. Hamilton was a rookie in comparison and I dare say Mercedes thought they were taking a risk with him, especially since Rosberg was waiting in the wings. And look what happened 2 years later..... Rosberg beat Hamilton in the 2016 Championship in equal machinery.

Your logic makes no sense. If their superior automobile was all they needed to win then they would hire someone cheaper and save money which increase their profits!

It makes perfect sense, you just don't want to accept that.

Mercedes don't need the money when they were guaranteed to win everything right from the start of the hybrid era. That's exactly what has happened every year since, even in 2016 when Rosberg beat your so-called GOAT to the 2016 championship in equal machinery. You're right though, Mercedes should have bargained harder to keep Rosberg in F1 rather than quit because he became a new father and didn't want to risk his life anymore. I'm sure they would have paid Rosberg equal amount to Hamilton to which Hamilton would have torn up his Mercedes contract in a huff....... "how dare they pay HIM more than ME!!" says Hamilton....

Hamilton is the GOAT, and his winning record speaks for itself!

As I mentioned before, the GOAT you refer to is a car, not a driver.

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I think some people are more suited to hill climbing than racing, lol.

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