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Hamilton came 3rd in Bahrain.

Martin Brundle claims Lewis Hamilton could have won Bahrain Grand Prix

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Former British driver Martin Brundle has put Lewis Hamilton's recent third place finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix down to the Mercedes driver's attitude.

Hamilton has since asked for an improvement in communication between himself and the pit-wall, and has said his race was made difficult by not being able to react to ongoing developments with the pit crew.

Hamilton's radio stopped working at some point during the race, meaning he lost contact with his crew, and was unsure of his team's required strategy, and it's safe to say he was furious about the situation.

"I feel like you guys are not giving me much of a picture. I don’t know what the f*** I’m doing out here."

This comes after a miscalculation at the Australian Grand Prix which led to a software error, and Mercedes wrongly thinking Hamilton's first place advantage was strong enough.

As well all know, it wasn't strong enough and Sebastian Vettel eventually won the race Down Under.

These two unfortunate events mean Vettel, who is also four-time world champion, moves 17 points ahead of Hamilton in the world championship standings after the back-to-back victories in two races of 21 in Melbourne and Sakhir this year.

Although, Hamilton says he is "really happy" with his third-place finish in Bahrain, which only came about due to a gruesome accident in Kimi Raikkonen's pit-wall.

However, F1 pundit and Sky Sports commentator Martin Brundle says the first place spot could easily have belonged to Hamilton had he kept his cool, referring to Valtteri Bottas' strategy against Vettel that simply didn't work.

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"Once on his fresh tyres from lap 20, [Valtteri] Bottas took off like a scalded cat and was soon politely reminded from his pit-wall that he was running to the end of the 57-lap race.

"That was probably an error because they simply weren't applying pressure to the ballet-dancing Vettel out front.

“Similarly, Hamilton went through a strange phase when he was getting angry with his pit-wall for not being clear enough about some radio details he had already confirmed back to them over a dodgy transmission.

“He was a bit clumsy through traffic and his moody demeanour simply wasn't driving the car forward for a while at the required pace.

F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain

“Hamilton finished only 6.5 seconds away from the winner, had he been able to follow instructions he might have won.

“No wonder Merc boss Toto Wolff said they had the race 90 per cent won after the pit stops. Vettel simply outsmarted them all.”

At least Hamilton isn't the only one who has been outsmarted by Vettel, and he will hope to get his first win on the board at Shanghai this weekend.

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Ferrari
Valterri Bottas
Formula 1
Lewis Hamilton
Kimi Raikkonen

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