GP analysis: How Hamilton won Rosberg's race

GP analysis: How Hamilton won Rosberg's race

Formula 1 2014 showed its true potential in an outstanding Bahrain Grand Prix. EDD STRAW analyses the incredible Mercedes intra-team battle and how Lewis Hamilton pulled off an unlikely defeat of faster team-mate Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg could live with finishing second to Lewis Hamiton in Malaysia a week ago. Then, he was outperformed by his team-mate on every level. So he did what he always does: regroup, analyse, understand, improve - much to the frustration of Hamilton, who took every opportunity to highlight how much his team-mate had gained from studying his data during the intervening week...

But in Bahrain, defeat was not so easy to take. With the world championship battle a two-horse race - and judging by the rate at which the battling Mercedes duo dropped the chasing pack after the final safety car (24 seconds in just 11 laps) it will remain that way - pressing home your advantage on a given weekend is essential. Rosberg had the strongest hand in a dramatic Bahrain Grand Prix, but didn't play it right and lost out in a thrilling battle.

To continue reading this feature...

You must have an AUTOSPORT+ subscription. Prices start from just $1.50 per week and give you full unrestriced access to all news and features. View package options? Magazine subscriber?


from just $1.50 per week

  • Get unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Explore every F1 stat in the world’s best motorsport database

Pay as you go

Read this feature right now for just