Formula 1 Bahrain Race Recap March 2021 – What a Race!

Formula 1 Bahrain Race Recap March 2021 - What a Race!

What a truly incredible race we all got to witness this past Sunday, March 28th! The 2021 Formula 1 season opener at Bahrain was exhilarating via perfect driving, technical difficulties, going off the track, etc. If this race told us anything, it’s that this 2021 season is going to be one to remember. Let’s have a recap of what happened in Bahrain:

Right out of the gate, we experience Sergio Perez and Red Bull having technical difficulties during the formation lap. Perez, from the inside cockpit view, noticed the car completely cut out and the steering wheel had no functionality. No electronics worked and Perez had to coast towards the end of the formation lap. Though upon disconnecting the steering wheel and reconnecting, all was well and Perez was in the race. Not the best way to start out the season!

Immediately into Lap 1 on Turn 3, Nikita Mazepin of HAAS was a bit to throttle happy and flew off the track and crashed into the guard wall! Thankfully he was ok and he was not hurt at all, though we are sure he learned a lesson or two.

Moving onto Lap 4, Mazepin’s driving partner Mick Schumacher also went off the track! Fortunately he did not crash and Schumacher was ok, he proceeded to race and did the best that he could. We all know HAAS is running a very young and green team, these are learning lessons in order to make them better.

 

Formula 1 Bahrain Race Recap March 2021 - What a Race!
Photo Credit – Formula 1 Instagram

 

Additionally into Lap 4, Pierre Gasly of AlphaTauri had a slight collision with Daniel Ricciardo of McLaren and lost some of his front wing. Nothing a quick pit stop can’t fix, though time was costed.

Venturing on into Lap 32 of Bahrain, veteran driver Fernando Alonso (2 World Championships) had to stop the race due to brake issues. There’s nothing worse for a driver than having to stop racing due to a fault not of their own.

12 Laps later into Lap 44, Sebastian Vettel of Aston Martin slightly collided with Esteban Ocon of Alpine due to locking up, causing a spinout of both vehicles and giving Vettel a time penalty of 10 seconds and a point penalty of 2.

 

Brilliant driving was present from Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) the entire race, with Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) venturing right behind. The end result of the 2021 Formula 1 Bahrain season opener was

  1. Lewis Hamilton
  2. Max Verstappen
  3. Valtteri Bottas (Also recorded the fastest Lap at 1:32:09)

Here are the Current Standings for Drivers Points:

  1. Lewis Hamilton – 25
  2. Max Verstappen – 18
  3. Valtteri Bottas – 16
  4. Lando Norris – 12
  5. Sergio Perez – 10
  6. Charles Leclerc – 8
  7. Daniel Ricciardo – 6
  8. Carlos Sainz – 4
  9. Yuki Tsunoda – 2
  10. Lance Stroll – 1
  11. Kimi Raikkonen – 0
  12. Antonio Giovinazzi – 0
  13. Esteban Ocon – 0
  14. George Russel – 0
  15. Sebastian Vettel – 0
  16. Mick Schumacher – 0
  17. Pierre Gasly – 0
  18. Nicholas Latifi – 0

 

Here are the Current Standings for Constructors Points:

  1. Mercedes – 41
  2. Red Bull Racing – 28
  3. McLaren – 18
  4. Ferrari – 12
  5. AlphaTauri – 2
  6. Aston Martin – 1
  7. Alfa Romeo – 0
  8. Alpine – 0
  9. Williams – 0
  10. HAAS – 0

The Formula 1 season takes us next to Italy, at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix from April 16th to April 18th. Hopefully, we’ll see you there and we can’t wait for Round 2!

 

Photo Credit – Mercedes-AMG Instagram / Formula 1 Instagram

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