Today is a sad day to be the Tifosi. What started as a Ferrari one-two turned into a Mercedes one-two under the lights at the Sakhir circuit earlier today. Wunderkind Charles LeClerc of Ferrari started on pole with teammate Sebastian Vettel in second, and while the duo led the majority of the race, Vettel was facing pressure from Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes on fresh tires late in the race. As Hamilton overtook Vettel, he spun out, dropping from 2nd down to 6th. He then lost his front wing in spectacular fashion, causing him to pit for a new nose and dropping even further back.
LeClerc was leading the race brilliantly and was set to take his first ever F1 victory until lap 46, when he lost the electronic power from his hybrid SF90. Having to rely on gas power alone and working with a 130 horsepower deficit, there was nothing he could do to stave off Lewis Hamilton and his teammate Valtteri Bottas. LeClerc went on to finish the race in P3, and while he still scored a podium and his highest ever finish, many felt that he deserved victory today.
While the Mercedes-Ferrari battle fought on, the midfield put on a spectacular show. Carlos Sainz of McLaren was set to finish high in the points until he was forced to retire his car late in the race due to another M-GUK failure. His teammate however, Lando Norris, went on to finish 6th for the esteemed British racing team and even outpaced veteran driver Kimi Raikkonen.
It wasn’t all good news for everyone however, as Renault faced a horrifying double-DNF in the waning laps of the race. Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg were both set to finish in the points, especially after Ricciardo’s spectacular and heartbreaking DNF in Australia two weeks ago.
The next race is in Beijing, China. This will mark the 1000th race in Formula 1 history.
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