Lewis Hamilton wins the Bahrain GP as he managed to hold off the charging Max Verstappen. Despite being on older tyres than Verstappen, Hamilton managed to stay ahead to win a thrilling race in Bahrain. Valtteri Bottas was the best of the rest and finished in the final podium position.
Verstappen led most of the race as he got off to a good start. But Red Bull’s pit stop strategy put Verstappen behind Lewis, and he was playing the catch-up game in the dying stages of the race. But Verstappen’s pace was superior to Lewis with fresher tyres.
Verstappen managed to pass Lewis on turn 4, with just four laps to go. But Verstappen ended up going too wide while getting the overtake done and had to give back the position to the Mercedes driver. Verstappen got close to Hamilton but was not able to make a move, as he made some mistakes and ended up 0.7 seconds behind the race winner.
Lando Norris finished the race in the fourth position and gave McLaren a start they were looking for. Sergio Perez charged behind the field to end the race in the fifth position after starting from pitlane due to electrical issues on the formation lap. The Mexican driver showed some serious pace and looked like he had got in terms with the car.
Charles Leclerc had a decent race with a sixth-place finish. He was in fifth but got passed by charging Perez during the dying stages of the race. Daniel Ricciardo ended his first race with McLaren in seventh place, and Carlos Sainz had a good debut race with Ferrari as he finished in eighth place.
Formula 1 debutant Yuki Tsunoda drove a good race to score points by finishing in ninth place. Lance Stroll also scored points for Aston Martin and rounded-off the top-ten finishers. Sebastian Vettel had a race to forget as he started from the back of the grid due to a penalty. It got even worse for the 4-time World Champion as he made contact with Esteban Ocon and got a 10-second penalty. He finished in the 15th position behind George Russel.
The initial part of the race was interrupted by a safety car period, as Nikita Mazepin spun off and crashed the Haas on the very first lap. Fernando Alonso faced brake issues and had to retire from the race. Mick Schumacher finished the race in 16th position.
Bahrain GP Top 10 Results:
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull|
|5||Sergio Perez||Red Bull|
|8||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Ferrari|
|10||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin|