Exactly. It's just one race. Perhaps next time out Nico will vary his attacks or be more aggressive; although he did seem plenty aggressive in Bahrain with a couple of very late lunges down the inside at turn 1 and keeping his foot down round the tarmac run off and over the kerb on one occasion. But Hamilton isn't easily shaken off, even when he is passed.
In a dog fight, you need to have very good reflexes, excellent car control, quick mind - to analyze transient situation and judge exactly what your opponent is doing and predict what he will do next. You need to do these better than your opponent to come on top. LH has these and more as he was able to hold Nico's attacks off time and again over series of laps, even with Nico having the faster car on the faster tyre and DRS assistance.
We saw Nico overtake LH in turn 1 but LH got him back in T4. LH planned that move into T4 way ahead. In other words, even though Nico had a faster car on faster rubber, LH still set him up for that move even though he was behind.
To the impartial, it is obvious who the better driver was and is.
The sharing of data is a huge disadvantage to LH but it is company policy and he did not protect himself in his contract with Merc so everyone has to live with it.
Nico is already under pressure, you don't announce to the world that you will win the next GP like he did and I think given another chance, he will take that statement back but that is too late, he has set himself up and if LH beats him in China - which I expect will happen - that will be a real body blow. I wonder what he will have left as bragging rights over LH...
LH is able to respond to Nico on the fly while on track together, I doubt very much if Nico has that ability, he needs to be taught.
Edited by femi, 11 April 2014 - 10:23.