F1: I f****d it up, fumes Bahrain GP runner-up Lewis Hamilton

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Formula One world champions Mercedes may have to increasingly favour Lewis Hamilton over new teammate Valtteri Bottas to counter the threat posed by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel this season.

Twice Bottas let triple champion teammate Lewis Hamilton through to try and take on Vettel, an attempt that ultimately proved in vain as the Briton ended up second and Bottas third.

After the race, Hamilton apologised to the team for the incident and in his post-race media debrief revealed his frustration at the way the Bahrain weekend unfolded.

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"So far we had an internal struggle", Wolff continued.

"Today was tricky with it being so hot and very gusty but we still managed to get through plenty of work", Hamilton, second to Vettel on Sunday, said. Under the safety vehicle, I just misjudged it myself the situation; that was my fault. I lost two tenths of a second from turn 10 to 11 in qualifying because the DRS did not engage. Today, I lost a position at the start - exclusively my fault - and then you've got the time lost in the pit lane.

"You practise, and practise, and practise, and you only have 20 opportunities and when you f*** it up, man, it is painful". There's no other way of saying it. If anyone ever thinks I should feel happy with second then I don't really know what to say.

"In the end, it didn't happen, but the team tried which I completely understand".

"In Australia I don't remember it being any massive fault of my own, we just ran out of tyres and had to pit - it was the circumstances we were faced with". As a team we didn't achieve that, Ferrari did a better job, so I'm leaving here with a bit of a odd feeling, because I don't know why the pace was so poor.

Hamilton believes small errors are going to be the difference between winning and losing this year. The start of the race was okay but Sebastian [Vettel] was in my blind spot so I didn't know where he was and I lost a position there.

"That is the interesting question that we need to analyse at the moment and I don't want to pre-empt what the consequences will be, or if there will be consequences". Every year my goal is to increase the number of awesome races so minimize how many dips you have through the year.

Fernando Alonso, who will be replaced by Jenson Button next month in Monaco as he heads for the Indianapolis 500, publicly berated the lack of pace from his Honda engine throughout Sunday's race before a problem forced him to retire for the third time in as many grands prix this season. "I plan to bring it back up at the next one".

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