Bahrain GP: Lewis Hamilton Tops Practice in a “Crazy Thursday”

By Score More Staff

In a surprising turn of events, Lewis Hamilton claimed the top spot in practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix on what he described as a “crazy Thursday.” The seven-time world champion led a Mercedes one-two, finishing two tenths ahead of teammate George Russell, while Fernando Alonso of Aston Martin secured the third spot under the illuminated Sakhir Circuit.

Mercedes, which showed no signs of challenging at the front during last week’s testing in Bahrain, dominated Thursday’s second session, leaving Hamilton astonished. The British driver, who hasn’t won a race in over two years, expressed his shock at the team’s unexpected performance.

“This has been a crazy Thursday,” said the 39-year-old Hamilton. “I don’t understand it, and it is a shock to see us where we are, but we will take it for now. We cannot get ahead of ourselves. We need to keep our head down and keep working on the setup.”

Hamilton, entering his final year at Mercedes before his switch to Ferrari, expressed satisfaction with the car’s improved feel and performance. The new car design seems to be paying off, providing a better platform for the team.

Despite the positive developments, Hamilton remains cautious and acknowledges the competition from Red Bull, particularly Max Verstappen. Verstappen, a triple world champion, struggled during Thursday’s practice, finishing sixth and expressing dissatisfaction with his car’s handling.

“I think we are going to be in the mix,” added Hamilton. “We are there or thereabouts with Ferrari and maybe Aston Martin and McLaren. It is going to be close, but if Max is out in front – he will drive off as he has done for the past couple of years.”

Hamilton, hopeful for a competitive season, acknowledged the closeness of the competition and the unpredictability of the upcoming race. Verstappen, despite his struggles during practice, remains confident about his chances in the 57-lap Grand Prix.

“It is very close, and maybe some people around us have turned up the engine in terms of top speed,” said Verstappen. “I’m not too worried about the gap to first, for example. It is going to be close in qualifying. I was happier about the long run for the race.”

As the excitement builds, Formula One enthusiasts eagerly anticipate the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday, expecting a thrilling battle between the top contenders in this season’s curtain-raiser.

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