Bahrain Grand Prix
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Verstappen’s title defense turned into a nightmare when the Red Bull star retired near the end of the Bahrain Grand Prix allowing Ferrari to clinch a 1-2 finish with Charles Leclerc winning ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz Jr.
Leclerc was 0.123 seconds faster than Red Bull's Verstappen while Carlos Sainz will start third on the grid in the second Ferrari.
Verstappen's time of 1min 32.544sec was 0.096sec quicker than Charles Leclerc's Ferrari, while Sergio Perez took third in the second Red Bull ahead of qualifying at 1500 GMT
Lewis Hamilton finished ninth in practice on Friday ahead of the weekend's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
Masi, who denied all claims of inconsistency, pointed out the Red Bull driver was asked to hand back the race lead because he 'gained an advantage' in running off track, not only because he had crossed the white lines
Formula 1 2021: Lewis Hamilton fights off persistent Max Verstappen to win season-opening Bahrain GP
Mercedes star Hamilton edged out pole-sitter Max Verstappen in his Red Bull, with Valtteri Bottas in the second Mercedes rounding out the podium.
Jehan showed his mettle in the second race too, climbing from 11th to fourth after a brilliant run, but missed a second straight podium finish by a whisker.
Bahrain Grand Prix: Aston Martin's Sebastian Vettel demoted to last place on grid for yellow flag violation
Vettel picked up a grid penalty from race stewards for failing to slow down when yellow flags were deployed during his final Q1 run, related to incidents involving Nikita Mazepin's Haas and the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz
Formula 1 2021: Lewis Hamilton claims rule changes designed to 'peg us back' after Bahrain GP qualifying
The defending seven-time champion, bidding this year for an unprecedented eighth drivers' title, said it was "no secret" that the revised aerodynamic regulations were introduced to hold Mercedes back.
The four-time world champion Vettel, who joined the Aston Villa team this year after leaving Ferrari, failed to make the cut from Q1 and struggled to make an impression.
Verstappen earned his fourth career pole to deny Hamilton his 99th, edging out the world champion by .39 seconds on his final attempt.
Defending seven-time champion Lewis Hamilton was only third in hot, dry and windy conditions at the Bahrain International Circuit on Friday, beaten by both Max Vertstappen and Lando Norris
Formula 1 2021: 'It was alright,’ says Max Verstappen after topping Friday’s practice sessions ahead of Bahrain GP
The Red Bull driver outpaced nearest rival Norris, in his Mercedes-powered McLaren, by 0.095 seconds and Hamilton by slightly more than two-thirds.
The Red Bull driver was .298 seconds ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and .503 clear of McLaren's Lando Norris.
Formula 1 2021: Looking forward to being in the car and kicking off the season, says Fernando Alonso
Alonso needed less than two weeks to get back to preparing for his season with Alpine, the rebranded Renault team where the Spaniard won his two F1 titles in 2005 and 2006.
Formula 1 2021: 'Don't feel like this is the end', Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton refutes retirement talks
Hamilton spoke in an upbeat way about his and the sport's future ahead of the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir.
He's the baby-faced rookie whose legs are so short his car needs special pedals, but don't think Yuki Tsunoda is just along for the ride in his Formula One debut.
Mick’s debut comes exactly 30 years after his father made his Formula 1 debut. The youngster will race for the Haas F1 Team alongside another rookie, Nikita Mazepin.
Formula 1: Important safety lessons learnt from Romain Grosjean's horrific crash, says FIA chief Jean Todt
The Frenchman narrowly escaped death when his Haas car burst into flames after it crashed into a barrier at 220km/h on the first lap at the Sakhir circuit on 29 November.
It will be the first time a member of the Schumacher family has been involved directly in a Formula One race since Michael retired in 2012 and 30 years after the German great's impressive debut for the Jordan team at the 1991 Belgian Grand Prix.