How 'outlier' Leclerc left even Hamilton impressed

How 'outlier' Leclerc left even Hamilton impressed

Third place does no justice to Charles Leclerc's Bahrain Grand Prix. This was a weekend in which he repeatedly showed why he will reset the Formula 1 pecking order not just in the long term, but in the 2019 title battle

History will record the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix as another victory for Lewis Hamilton, his 74th in Formula 1. Considering he was in the second-fastest car and forced Sebastian Vettel into a mistake in battle to ensure he inherited the lead late in the race, it was a fine win.

But what the record books won't reflect is that this was the moment a star was born in Charles Leclerc, whose maiden F1 podium deserved to be a victory of consummate skill worthy of Hamilton at his best. That Hamilton magnanimously raised his hand as he apologetically passed the stricken Ferrari, later calling Leclerc's crushing performance an "outlier", tells you everything you need to know.

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