Defending champion and seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, a British British driver, won the exciting Formula 1 season opener Bahrain Grand Prix in Sahir on Sunday.
Hamilton, 36, is the 96th race win of his career and has triumphed for the fifth time in Bahrain, but the victory was not smooth as he had to fight hard in his hair with Max Verstappen, the Dutch driver for Red Bull, who eventually finished second.
In third place was Valtteri Bottas, the Finnish driver of Mercedes, who ran the fastest lap in the last lap, so he received the plus one world championship point.
Starting from pole position at the start, Verstappen retained the lead, followed by Hamilton and Bottas, but the Finn was already overtaken by Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) in the first lap.
Mercedes have a smooth chance of winning, but Red Bull is very fast, and this race also showed well that Hamilton can’t sit back. The two Ferraris also managed to finish in the top ten: Charles Leclerc finished sixth, Carlos Sainz Jr. eighth, which wasn’t always the case last year. According to current data, Ferrari has lost the least compared to last season.
Japan’s Cunoda Juki finished ninth with Alpha Tauri, it’s worth noting that Mick Schumacher finished 16th in the first Formula One race of his life, but we can’t deduce anything from that yet.
Surely the biggest surprise right now is the Ferrari!
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