The 2021 season of the F1 started with a Bahrain Grand Prix in which strategies played a fundamental role. The fight for victory had only two protagonists: the English Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), who finally won, and the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull).
Verstappen, who started from pole position, and Hamilton, who started second, battled for victory at all times, alternating at the front of the pack as each made their respective pit stops to change tires.
The final stage of the test saw both on hard tires and with Hamilton in front, albeit with more worn tires. Verstappen had left him the lead in the 40th turn, 16 from the end, to wear his last set.
The eight seconds between them quickly dwindled and they faced the last four laps 1.5 seconds apart. Those last turns were emotional as Verstappen, taking advantage of the DRS, managed to smooth the gap and overcome it, but little could he enjoy it.
The overshooting maneuver had been passing the limits of turn 4, something that forced the Red Bull to return the position to the champion, who had already demonstrated his decision to win by stretching the braking in the corners.
Finnish Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) was a luxury witness to that battle and without a chance to join it had to settle for third place on the podium. But before he went to the pits, I put on new tires and set the lap record. The Top 5 was completed by English Lando Norris (McLaren) and the Mexican Sergio Pérez (Red Bull), who started from the pits after his car came to a stop in the middle of a formation lap.
THE LEADERS SPEAK
Max Verstappen: “It is disappointing not to win, but we really fought Mercedes and we have to be happy in general. It was close to the end, but at least we added some good points ”.
Valtteri Bottas: "I'm disappointed. I had to defend myself. I was never in a position to attack like last year. Lewis and I had different strategies today… For my part things could have been better ”.
SERGIO PÉREZ, THE PILOT OF THE DAY
The Mexican Sergio PérezIn his own way, he was another of the great protagonists of Sunday. He was in 11th place on the grid, but problems with his Red Bull in the middle of the training lap forced him to start from the pits. However, that was not a stumbling block to stand out on the Bahrain night. With rhythm, speed and good maneuvers he closed the Top 5.
LANDO NORRIS ALSO HIGHLIGHTED
"Are those fireworks for me?" I ask Lando Norris when he saw the sky lit up at the end of the race. With his particular humor the Englishman celebrated fourth place achieved in the competition, a result that demonstrates the advancement of McLaren now that it has Mercedes power units. The australian Daniel Ricciardo, his teammate, made his debut in the Woking team with a seventh place.
YUKI TSUNODA ADDED IN HER DEBUT
The Japanese Yuki tsunoda (AlphaTauri) scored points in his official debut in the category after finishing in ninth position. The Japanese, who started 13th, had great moments when he beat two great champions, the Spanish Fernando Alonso (Alpine) and German Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin). As for the other rookies, the German Mick Schumacher (Haas) was the last classified in the 16th place; while the russian Nikita mazepin, his partner, left shortly after the start after a mistake.
THE BALANCE SHEET OF MICK SCHUMACHER
"In general, I would say that I am 90% happy and 10% not because I had a spin on the relaunch after the Safety Car. Fortunately, the car allowed me to continue and continue to gain experience", Mick Schumacher summed up after finishing his first Grand Prix one lap behind the winner.
WITH A LITTLE FLAVOR
After the prominence it had in Saturday's classification, it could be said that the result of Ferrari Sunday he liked little. While the Monegasque Charles Leclerc He came in third in the first part of the test, his car's performance declined with the running of the turns and he finished sixth almost a minute behind the winner. The Spanish Carlos SainzMeanwhile, he finished eighth in a discreet career.
RETURN WITHOUT GLORY
The Spanish Fernando Alonso could not round off a good return to Formula 1. After starting ninth he was placed in seventh position, but brake problems in his Alpine He was started behind in the lot and eventually dropped out as he was averaging the Grand Prix and was marching in 15th place.
THE NUMBERS DROPPED BY THE GRAND PRIZE
- 96th win for Lewis Hamilton
- 5.126 laps led for Lewis Hamilton (new record)
- 14th podium for the Hamilton-Verstappen-Bottas trio
- 200th podium for honda
- 4th pole position for Max Verstappen
BAHRAIN GRAND PRIZE RESULTS 2021
|pos.||pilot||auto||laps.||time / diff.||PTS|
|2||33||RED BULL RACING HONDA||56||+0.745s||18|
|5||11||RED BULL RACING HONDA||56||+52.047s||10|
|10||18||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||56||+86.713s||1|
|11||7||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||56||+88.864s||0|
|12||99||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||55||+1 lap||0|
|13||31||ALPINE RENAULT||55||+1 lap||0|
|14||63||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||55||+1 lap||0|
|15||5||ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES||55||+1 lap||0|
|16||47||HAAS FERRARI||55||+1 lap||0|
AVERAGE: 200,883 km / h. LAP RECORD: Bottas, in the 56th, in 1: 32.090 at 211,567 km / h. DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP: 1) Hamilton, 25 points; 2) Verstappen, 18; 3) Bottas, 16; 4) Norris, 12; 5) Pérez, 10; 6) Leclerc, 8; 7) Ricciardo, 6; 8) Sainz, 4; 9) Tsunoda, 2; 10) Stroll, 1. BUILDERS CUP: 1) Mercedes, 41 points; 2) Red Bull, 28; 3) McLaren, 18; 4) Ferrari, 12; 5) AlphaTauri, 2; 6) Aston Martin, 1. NEXT DATE: 18/4, Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna.
|THIS WERE THE DETENTIONS IN THE BOXES|
|No.||PILOT||START||PIT 1||PIT 2||PIT 3|
|44||HAM||C3u||C2n (13)||C2n (28)|
|33||SEE||C3u||C3n (17)||C2n (39)|
|77||BOT||C3u||C2n (16)||C2n (30)||C3u (54)|
|4||NOR||C4u||C3n (12)||C2n (33)|
|11||FOR||C3u||C3u (2)||C2n (19)||C3u (38)|
|16||LEC||C4u||C3n (12)||C2n (32)|
|3||RIC||C4u||C3n (13)||C2n (32)|
|55||SAI||C4u||C3n (15)||C2n (37)|
|22||TSU||C3u||C2n (15)||C2n (33)|
|18||STR||C4u||C3n (12)||C2n (28)|
|7||RAI||C3n||C2n (13)||C3n (29)|
|99||GIO||C3n||C2n (12)||C3n (30)|
|31||OCO||C4n||C3n (13)||C2n (31)|
|63||RUSSIAN||C4n||C3n (13)||C3n (36)|
|47||MSC||C3n||C3n (14)||C2n (33)|
|10||GAS||C3u||C2n (4)||C3u (19)||C2n (39)|
|6||LAT||C4n||C3n (14)||C3n (32)|
|14||HELLO||C4u||C3n (11)||C2n (29)|
Note: C2, hard compound; C3, middle compound; and C4, soft compound. N, new game; U, game used.