Hamilton Wins Thrilling Season Opener in Bahrain

Lewis Hamilton has won the Bahrain Grand Prix after a thrilling battle and a controversial decision which saw Max Verstappen forced to hand a position back to Hamilton in the final few laps.

Starting from the fourth pole position of his career, Verstappen had taken control of the race early on, but lost his advantage when Hamilton was able to perform the undercut and Red Bull made the rather peculiar decision not to react. Following a second stop for both drivers – Verstappen’s coming 10 laps after Hamilton’s – we were all set for a thrilling battle…

Over the last 10-15 laps of the race, Verstappen slowly chipped away at Hamilton’s lead before making an overtake on lap 53. However, as he ran wide while doing this, he was forced to hand the position back to the 7 time world champion and consequently Hamilton went onto win his 96th race.

Valtteri Bottas, who was largely uncompetitive throughout the race rounded off the top 3 and Lando Norris drove a superb race for McLaren to secure a fourth place.

Sergio Perez stopped on the formation lap but thankfully managed to recover and come 5th

After a formation lap issue that forced him to start from the pit lane, Sergio Perez managed to secure fifth on his debut for Red Bull, ahead of the Ferrari of Charles Leclerc and the second McLaren of Daniel Ricciardo.

Some fans may argue Verstappen was unfairly robbed of his victory whilst others may say Hamilton was undeniably the better driver, however we can all agree on one thing; the Bahrain Grand Prix 2021 has set the stage for a thrilling season.

Full Race Result

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:32:03.89725
2Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda+0.745s18
3Valtteri BottasMercedes+37.383s16
4Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes+46.466s12
5Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda+52.047s10
6Charles LeclercFerrari+59.090s8
7Daniel RicciardoMcLaren Mercedes+66.004s6
8Carlos SainzFerrari+67.100s4
9Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri Honda+85.692s2
10Lance StrollAston Martin Mercedes+86.713s1
11Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari+88.864s0
12Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari+1 lap0
13Esteban OconAlpine Renault+1 lap0
14George RussellWilliams Mercedes+1 lap0
15Sebastian VettelAston Martin Mercedes+1 lap0
16Mick SchumacherHaas Ferrari+1 lap0
17Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri HondaDNF0
18Nicholas LatifiWilliams MercedesDNF0
NCFernando AlonsoAlpine RenaultDNF0
NCNikita MazepinHaas FerrariDNF0

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