Verstappen Leads Red Bull to One-Two Finish in Bahrain to Start New Year

Max Verstappen won the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of his teammate Sergio Perez and Carlos Sainz, with internal troubles at Red Bull not affecting their performance, while the rest of the points positions were dominated by Mercedes-powered teams, and the race featured various incidents and strategic pit stops.

Highlights

‣ Max Verstappen won the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix comfortably, with his teammate Sergio Perez finishing in second place, showcasing Red Bull’s dominance despite internal issues.

‣ Carlos Sainz executed impressive overtakes to secure the third position on the podium, while his teammate Charles Leclerc faced challenges with brake issues and mistakes, finishing fourth.

‣ The race saw a strong performance from teams with Mercedes engines, with George Russell, Lando Norris, Lewis Hamilton, and others finishing in the points.

‣ The race began with all drivers opting for soft tyres, and despite a collision involving Nico Hulkenberg and Lance Stroll, there were no retirements, highlighting a competitive yet controlled race environment.


Max Verstappen? Oh, he nailed it at the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix. Just breezed through, like he was out for a Sunday drive. Despite the drama at Red Bull, it didn’t show on the track. Sergio Perez? Right behind him in P2.

And Carlos Sainz? He snagged a spot on the podium. The Bahrain International Circuit was his playground.

Verstappen had it easy in the first race of 2024. Winning? Check. Fastest lap? Also check. His teammate Perez couldn’t catch up, but hey, he tried.

Sainz was on fire, overtaking left and right to grab third. His teammate, Charles Leclerc, not so lucky. Ended up in P4 with brake issues and a bit of a dance with Turn 10.

Mercedes-powered cars filled the rest of the points spots. George Russell fought hard for fifth. Lando Norris outpaced Lewis Hamilton for P7, with Oscar Piastri in the mix.

Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll rounded out the top ten. Stroll had a spin, thanks to Nico Hulkenberg, but clawed back. Logan Sargeant? Brief hiccup with his engine, but he kept going. No retirements, folks.

### As it happened

Soft tyres were the unanimous choice. Verstappen? Rocketed off. Russell? Had to fend off Perez.

The season’s start? Chaotic. Hulkenberg clipped Stroll. A pit stop for Hulkenberg to fix his wing.

Russell, after a shaky start, zoomed past Leclerc. Perez and Sainz followed, leaving Leclerc struggling, especially with Turn 10.

Logan Sargeant’s engine took a quick nap. Yellow flags waved as he rebooted his car. Drama, but no crisis.

Pit stop strategy was crucial. Russell and Leclerc switched to hards early. Red Bull kept Perez on his toes to counter any moves from Leclerc.

Perez’s overtake on Russell? Smooth as silk. Sainz, not tied down by contracts, took risks and it paid off. He dived past his teammate and later Russell.

Valtteri Bottas had a pit stop hiccup. Russell and Hamilton, along with Norris, switched to hard tyres. Hamilton managed to sneak past Piastri.

Eventually, everyone switched to hards, except the Red Bulls. They went for softs.

Russell repeated Leclerc’s earlier mistakes in Turn 10. This time, Leclerc nailed the turn and passed Russell for P4.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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