A tough opening race of the season for the Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team
Lewis Hamilton finished fifth and George Russell seventh in the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix
Both cars ran a Soft/Hard/Hard strategy and battled throughout but disappointingly were unable to match the superior pace of the Red Bull, Ferrari and Fernando Alonso’s Aston Martin
Lewis made up two positions on the opening lap to run in fifth for most of the race. That became fourth when Charles Leclerc retired but he lost out to Alonso in the closing stages
George dropped to sixth at the start with a slow first stop relegating him to eighth. He ran close to the Aston Martin of Lance Stroll throughout but was unable to pass for seventh.