Lewis Hamilton speaks about last week's win

  • Lewis Hamilton speaks about last week's win

Lewis Hamilton speaks about last week's win

The four-times world champion, now seven points clear of Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton after winning two of the first three races, is enjoying his best start to a season since his dominant 2011 Red Bull campaign. Personally, it is tough for me, but that's life.

After the race, Hamilton apologised to the team for the incident and in his post-race media debrief revealed his frustration at the way the Bahrain weekend unfolded.

Tyre provider Pirelli have altered the dynamic of the product delivered to all F1 teams this season and the early indication is Ferrari have adapted better than Mercedes.

"We had the flawless storm at the beginning our generator broke on the grid and we couldn't bleed Valtteri's tyres, so it was the wrong tyre pressure on this auto", Wolff said.

"It's the second time I've double stacked and lost out", Hamilton said.

Hamilton will hand over to team-mate Valtteri Bottas for the second day of the test on Wednesday and switches his attention to the Russian Grand Prix at the end of the month, although tyres should have less of an impact there as they did in Bahrain.

Ricciardo's Red Bull team-mate 19-year-old Max Verstappen crashed out of the action after a brakes failure.

"I wouldn't call it a success because losing two places from the starting position is not good".

That dominance did not look under threat after qualifying, however, with Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Hamilton seemingly enjoying a distinct pace advantage as they achieved a front-row Mercedes lock out.

With clean air ahead Mr. Vettel built up an unassailable lead and the win put daylight between he and Mr. Hamilton in the title fight: 68 to 61 after 3 rounds.

But with Vettel back ahead in the drivers' championship, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff says his team may reluctantly have to operate differently from now on.

"I'm really happy to come back like this, like I've never been away", he said.

"These were quite good conditions for me today with our auto".

Wolff said: "The race reminded us once again that we are in a very different competitive situation this year, racing against Ferrari, and I am confident that this is a challenge we will rise to as one team".

The safety auto came out, after which the two Mercedes drivers pitted for fresh tires. Seb and Lewis were putting pressure on and I couldn't control the race or build a gap. Vettel then forged a healthy lead after which even a late charge from Hamilton did nothing to squash the Ferrari's hopes for a podium finish.