It was one of those days wherein one guy had the legs of everyone else, and eveyone knew it. Within a couple of corners pole man Lewis had metres on the rest, who were led by his team mate Nico Rosberg. At the end of the first tour he was already two seconds down the road. And in the following laps it went up 3.2, 3.9, 4.3... Already this was all over barring reliability.
|No one got near to Lewis Hamilton today|
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By the end Lewis completed his rout of Rosberg and of the rest with his second-placed stable mate some 17.3 seconds away, and did so seemingly with much in hand (the graphics on the TV feed indicated that he had plenty of fuel aboard for the most part). And as a coup de grace he set the fastest lap of a 1m 43.0 with three tours left, either out of boredom or to underline his superiority. Whatever was the motivation, we got the message.
And for all that he put a brave face on it, none would have got it more loud and clear than Nico Rosberg. Following a 2013 wherein there wasn't much to chose all-in between the two Merc pilots, and a set of new regulations for this campaign anticipated to suit his cerebral approach, as well as with a quick set of wheels, he and his fans had much to look forward to. Now - after our first direct face-off of the season - a few expectations are being furiously recalculated. 'He was a bit too quick today' said Nico afterwards economically of the guy across the garage. Things may well change but it was one heck of an opening salvo from Lewis.