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Hamilton silences critics: 'Not only winning with a dominant car'

After six years Lewis Hamilton once again won the opening race of the season but the World Champion had to face off against strong competition from Red Bull. Mercedes' strategy ultimately allowed him to stay just ahead of Max Verstappen. Easy victims Hamilton himself was at least not confident that he could hold on to the lead when Verstappen rapidly approached in the final laps of the race. "I couldn't believe I could keep him behind me," the Briton told Motorsport-Total.com. "After his pit stop, he was about eight seconds behind me and then ate up the gap very quickly. When the team told me he would have us with ten laps to go, I knew we were going to be easy...
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