The 24-year-old Dutchman managed to get into the hole, but got out. Verstappen had already complained about the tires, steering and the RB18’s hybrid system around the onboard radio.
Fellow Mexican Sergio Perez also retired shortly after Verstappen, making the opening race a complete failure for Red Bull. How different it was for Ferrari, who scored a brace with Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. 24-year-old Monegasque gave the Italian racing driver his first win since September 2019. Lewis Hamilton capitalized on the drama at Red Bull in the final stage and finished third at Mercedes.
Verstappen started from second place at Sakhir. The Red Bull leader was able to overtake Leclerc twice after the first series halt, but the Ferrari driver quickly reclaimed the lead in the race.
In the final stages of the race, the safety car entered the circuit after Pierre Gasly’s AlphaTauri caught fire. Verstappen was unable to attack Leclerc after the restart and especially had to move away from Sainz driving behind him. And before the end of the three rounds, things went wrong for the Dutch player, who left Bahrain without points due to technical problems. The world champion has fallen behind in the title race after the first race of the season.
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