Hamilton pleased to fend off Ferrari in Bahrain despite last lap brake scare

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Lewis Hamilton made no secret of his relief following his victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix after he managed to see off the threat from Ferrari and claim his third race win of the 2015 Formula 1 season.

The defending world champion controlled the race from start to finish, only losing the lead through the pit stops, and eventually crossed the line with a 3.3 second advantage of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton had admitted before the race that he was unsure how Ferrari would fare in Bahrain, but others within the Mercedes team were fearful that it would lose to Sebastian Vettel as it did in Malaysia at the end of March.

However, the Briton remained calm at the front of the field, and thanked his team after the race for helping him to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ championship.

“I’m gunning for it,” Hamilton said when asked about his bid for a third world title in 2015. “Firstly just a huge thank you to my team, they did an amazing job this weekend.

“The Ferraris gave us a really good run for our money, and out there it was really difficult to look after the tires in these conditions behind backmarkers and all sorts. Fortunately I was able to keep the car together, keep the tires as healthy as possible.

“We need to keep pushing as a team, we’ll of course do, and just a massive thank you to everyone and all the people that came out to support me this weekend, I really appreciate it.”

On the last lap of the race, Hamilton reported a problem with the brake by wire system on his Mercedes W06 Hybrid, with the same issue costing Nico Rosberg second place on the penultimate lap. The Briton lost time on the final lap as a result, but had enough of a lead to stay in first place.

“I think my brakes just got a bit warm when I was behind a few backmarkers,” Hamilton said. “When you get behind them, there’s no cool air coming in the brakes so they got a bit warm, but there was no problem.”

Hamilton will now be hoping to continue his fine form at the beginning of the 2015 season when F1 hits Europe at the Spanish Grand Prix in three weeks’ time.

Final 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona results, stats


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The 2023 Rolex 24 at Daytona overall results were all streaks: two consecutive victories in the endurance classic for Meyer Shank Racing and three in a row for Acura.

And Helio Castroneves became the second driver to win three consecutive Rolex 24s and the first to win in three straight years (Peter Gregg won in 1973, ’75 and ’76; the race wasn’t held in ’74 because of a global oil crisis).

Starting from the pole position, Tom Blomqvist took the checkered flag in the No. 60 ARX-06 that led a race-high 365 of 783 laps with co-drivers Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud and Colin Braun.

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order in the 61st Rolex 24 at Daytona l By class

Meyer Shank Racing now has two Rolex 24 victories and the 2022 championship since entering the premier prototype category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021.

“I think what’s so special about this team is we are a small team compared to some of our opponents, but the atmosphere, the way we work, enables people to get the best out of themselves, and I think that’s why we’re such high achievers,” Blomqvist said. “I think there’s no egos. It’s a very open book, and that just enables each and every one of us to reach our potential. I think that’s why we’ve achieved so much success in really a short time at this level of competition.”

It’s the 16th IMSA victory for MSR.

The 61st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona marked the debut of the Grand Touring Prototype category that brought hybrid engine technology to IMSA’s top level.

In other categories:

LMP2: James Allen passed Ben Hanley on the final lap and delivered a victory in the No. 55 ORECA by 0.016 seconds. It’s the second IMSA victory for Proton Competition, which last won at Sebring in 2012. It was the first Rolex 24 victory for Allen and co-drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Fred Poordad and Francesco Pizzi.

GTD Pro: Cooper MacNeil won in the last start of his IMSA career as the No. 79 Mercedes-AMG GT3 scored the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for WeatherTech Racing and the team’s fourth career victory.

MacNeil, who co-drove with Maro Engel, Jules Gounon and Daniel Juncadella, earned his 12th career victory and first at the Rolex 24.

“Winning by last IMSA race is tremendous,” MacNeil said.

GTD: The No. 27 Heart of Racing Team delivered the first Rolex 24 at Daytona for Aston Martin, which has been competing in endurance races at Daytona International Speedway since 1964. Drivers Marco Sorensen, Roman De Angelis, Darren Turner and Ian James (also the team principal) earned the victory in the English brand’s 13th attempt.

It’s also the first Rolex 24 at Daytona win for Heart of Racing, which has seven IMSA wins.

LMP3: Anthony Mantella, Wayne Boyd, Nico Varrone and Thomas Merrill drove the No. 17 AWA Duqueine D08 to victory by 12 laps for the team’s first class win in IMSA.


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NEXT: The 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season will resume with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring March 18 with coverage across NBC, USA and Peacock.