Valtteri Bottas started from pole position ahead of George Russell until the second race of the season in Bahrain. The Briton rode on as Fin’s teammate, replacing Lewis Hamilton who was infected with the Coronavirus. And he’s moving great, taking the lead. There are a lot of things going on behind his back.
Behind the two Mercedes at the first corner, three contenders fought brilliantly – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Racing Point’s Sergio Perez and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc. The latter caused a lot of confusion and crashes on one of them.
The Monaco player hit Sergio Perez and suffered suspension damage, falling off the track. Driving behind him, Verstappen tried to avoid the two racers, but he lost control of his car and ended the race by crashing the board.
Thus, Verstappen and Leclerc missed a big chance of getting a podium or even a race win without the best racer this season. The team leader was devastated after the whole situation. Both of them have good chances of finishing the competition in high positions.
A safety car entered the track, and Sergio Perez made it back to the competition. At the Sakhiru GP, riders drive a shortened version of the track used for the Bahrain GP. They have to cover 87 laps at the facility, one of which takes about 57-58 seconds at the speed of the race.