Red Bull Get Off To A Great Start In The Desert!
BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX: SUNDAY 06TH MARCH 2023
- 1. Max Verstappen
- 2. Sergio Perez
- 3. Fernando Alonso
- 4. Carlos Sainz Jr
- 5. Lewis Hamilton
- 6. Lance Stroll
- 7. George Russell
- 8. Valtteri Bottas
- 9. Pierre Gasly
- 10. Alex Albon
“Yeah. Thank you. First of all, I think congrats to Lance, my team-mate, you know, he had the surgery 12 days ago and now he's fighting right with everybody. So yeah, amazing for the team. It was a great weekend and, yeah, finishing on the podium in the first race of the year, this is just amazing, you know, what Aston Martin did over the winter to have the second best car in race one, this is just unreal.” (Fernando Alonso)
What a great start to the new season especially for Red Bull.
In the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix, Max Verstappen defeated teammate Sergio Perez to win for Red Bull. Fernando Alonso placed third as Charles Leclerc withdrew from the competition.
Except for Kevin Magnussen in 15th place everyone else started the race on soft tyres. Max made a great start to the race and shot off into the lead, however, Perez, Carlos Sainz's teammate, fell back and lost second position to Leclerc. The current champion extended his advantage and ultimately prevailed by more than ten seconds. With both Red Bull drivers using identical soft-soft-hard driving styles, Perez managed to gain his compsure and completed the one-two.
Fernando Alonso led two practise sessions before qualifying fifth for Aston Martin, while teammate Lance Stroll qualified eighth despite having a wrist injury. Aston Martin made headlines throughout testing and this weekend. After Lewis Hamilton placed seventh and George Russell sixth, Mercedes was dejected.
For the most part, the formation laps went smoothly for all the drivers, except Stroll locked up and veered off course at Turn 10.
It Was Great For All Fans To Get The F1 Season Underway
As soon as the grid lined up, those five lights went out, and the comforting roar of 20 vehicles filled the air, the noise—both anticipation and anxiety—seemed to stop. Verstappen took the lead, but Pérez lagged behind and lost to Leclerc while Sainz followed closely behind.
Stroll collided with Alonso's right rear as they entered Turn 4 while having a tussle with Russell, giving Aston Martin a disastrous start. Thus, Hamilton and Russell were able to pass the two-time winner, and yellow flags were briefly flown in Sector 2 to indicate potential debris on the track.
The two Williams drivers, Alex Albon and Logan Sargeant, had strong starts and gained three positions each from pole. Zhou Guanyu and Nico Hulkenberg, however, lost four positions each after the Haas driver collided with Esteban Ocon on the first lap. Thus, Valtteri Bottas, the starter in 12th position, moved up to ninth place.
By the beginning of lap 5, Verstappen's advantage over Leclerc had increased to 3.5 seconds, but Perez was still pursuing Leclerc for second place.
Russell, who finished second to Hamilton on lap one, began to wonder whether the seven-time winner was managing his tyres or simply having trouble keeping up with the competition. Alonso was within DRS of the Silver Arrows on lap 10, but Verstappen was leading by seven seconds.
Max Verstappen of Red Bull won the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix easily, making it the ideal race to begin his defence of the world drivers' championship crown.
The Dutch driver, who started from pole position, essentially controlled the race from start to finish, while teammate Sergio Perez secured a one-two finish for the champions of the previous year's constructors title.
A Record Attendance For The Bahrain GP
A record-breaking 36,000 spectators showed up for the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix, according to the Bahrain International Circuit. It represents an increase of 1,000 over the reported amount from the previous year and represents the event's highest single-day attendance figure.
The Tuesday before the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix, according to the event's organisers, all seats were sold out. However, a small number of tickets were still accessible through reseller websites. 99,500 people attended the event over the course of the weekend, which is 1,500 more than at the 2022 competition.