Information Americas, MANAMA, Bahrain, Mon. Nov. 30, 2020: Newly-minted seven-time World champion, Caribbean roots Lewis Hamilton, gained once more on Sunday, this time on the Bahrain Grand Prix.
It was his 11th win of the season and got here after French driver Romain Grosjean escaped from a fiery crash on the primary lap.
Hamilton gained the 95th F1 race of his profession from pole place for Mercedes, forward of Purple Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Alex Albon in a race that completed underneath a security automotive on the Sakhir circuit.
The race had solely rounded three corners, when Grosjean’s Haas speared off into the boundaries after contact with the AlphaTauri of Daniil Kvyat. The VF-20 of Grosjean break up in two with the power of the influence and causd flames to burst from the automotive. Fortuitously, the Frenchman was capable of scramble over the boundaries to security and he suffered a number of damaged ribs and minor burns to his fingers and ft earlier than he was then airlifted to hospital.
“I’m so grateful Romain is protected,” Hamilton mentioned on his Twitter account after the race. “Wow…the danger we take isn’t any joke, for these of you on the market that overlook that we put our life on the road for this sport and for what we like to do. Grateful to the FIA for the large strides we’ve taken for Romain to stroll away from that safely.”
After an hour and 25-minute stoppage, the race re-started, and the drivers’ positions taken from the place they have been on the second security automotive line on Lap 1 earlier than the race was purple flagged.
The restart on the third lap lasted till simply Flip 8, when Kvyat got here collectively, with Lance Stroll’s Racing Level, forcing the Canadian right into a roll from which he too, thankfully was capable of scramble out of the automotive unharmed as the security automotive was introduced out for a second time with Kvyat handed a 10-second penalty.
Hamilton, crucially, had as soon as once more maintained his lead from Verstappen, Perez, Albon and Lando Norris in fifth, and when green-flag racing resumed on Lap 9, , it was a comparatively easy night’s work for Hamilton.
“(Grosjean’s crash) was such a stunning picture to see…it was horrifying,” Hamilton advised reporters after the race. “His automotive, the cockpit, I don’t know what Gs he pulled, however I’m simply so grateful that the halo labored. (The race) actually was bodily very demanding. I feel with the break that we had firstly, you get right into a mindset, you exit and also you’ve received a great begin after which that 45 [minute] to an hour wait that we had, it’s really easy to step out of the zone.”
Hamilton added: “That was fairly tough, however then getting again in, (Purple Bull) had loads of pace (on this race), so I used to be flat out the entire approach simply attempting to maintain them at bay. However I’m massively grateful and grateful to my crew as a result of on the finish of the day they did a terrific job with the technique and what a privilege it’s to have the ability to get one other consequence like this.”
The British race automotive driver, whose household hails from the Spice Isle of Grenada, was topped world champion within the earlier race on the Turkish Grand Prix.
His victory by no means seemed severely underneath risk from Verstappen, regardless of the Dutchman shadowing him for a lot of the race.