Lewis Hamilton has glaring advantage over Max Verstappen which could sway title fight
Max Verstappen showed he is ready to launch his strongest title challenge yet when he pushed Lewis Hamilton to the wire at the Bahrain Grand Prix. During the gripping final few laps, Verstappen had several nibbles at the Mercedes in front of him but Hamilton crossed the chequered flag first, by the skin of his teeth.
Red Bull were quicker all weekend ahead of the first race of the season but it was Mercedes who took home the honours.
This campaign is set to be the longest in F1 history with a gigantic 23 races penned into the schedule.
Verstappen has never finished in the top three of the Drivers’ Championship and Hamilton has cruised to every title since Nico Rosberg retired following his 2016 triumph.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton has had a key advantage over his rivals in recent years and that could again sway the balance this term.