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Lewis Hamilton has claimed his season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix win was a ‘blessing in disguise’. The Brit got his battle to win an unusual eighth Drivers’ Championship off to the perfect start, with a thrilling win over Max Verstappen.
After taking the lead, Hamilton remained in front until the closing stages, when Verstappen squeezed past with just four laps remaining. However, the 23-year-old was swiftly ordered to let Hamilton back in front after exceeding track limits to make his move stick.
“I think today was definitely a blessing, perhaps in disguise,” Hamilton explained. “I think there’s always a chance, opportunities to prove people wrong, and I like to think that today is definitely one of them.
“But I think there have been several in the past – there have been many in the past, obviously, I’ve been around a long time – but I hope there are many opportunities in the future to be able to show what I was able to do today also. Of course, we were fortunate today with Max going wide in Turn 4 but that won’t happen again
“I’m pretty sure so we’ve got to do better, we’ve got to be smarter and how we navigate through our weekends with the fact that we don’t have the fastest car at the moment but that’s all good for me, I don’t mind having to pull out extra in order to make the difference.”