2020 Bahrain Grand Prix: Hamilton takes victory after Grosjean crash
Review of the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton once again lined up on Pole position after dominating Saturdays qualifying session, teammate Valtteri Bottas lined up alongside completing yet another Mercedes front row lockout. Max Verstappen claimed third position while Ferrari had a disappointing day, both Prancing Horses were knocked out in Q2.
Lewis Hamilton led the field from pole position as Valtteri Bottas dropped four positions from second place. Sergio Perez made a great start move up to third behind race leader Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. The Mclaren of Norris suffered front wing damage whilst Romain Grosjean suffered a huge accident on the first lap slamming into the barrier with his Haas catching fire. The crash brought out a red flag, fortunately the Frenchman walked away.
The restart on Lap 3
Just over an hour after Grosjeans first lap incident the Bahrain Grand Prix got underway for the second time. Lewis Hamilton led from pole with Verstappen in second. Perez made a great start to challenge Verstappen in Turn one. Lando Norris moved up to sixth as Lance Stroll suffered an incident at Turn 8 with Danil Kvyat bringing out the Safety Car.
Saftey Car restart
Hamilton led the field for there third time with Max Verstappen in second and Sergio Perez in third place. As Ricciardo dropped down the field in his Renault on the yellow sidewalled medium compound tyre. Valtteri Bottas stopped under the Safety Car and lay down in 16th behind Sebastian Vettel.
Leclerc V Sainz
On Lap 12 battle commenced between Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sianz over 7th place. Sainz dived down the inside at Turn 1 making use of DRS but Leclerc was having none of it the Monagasque stuck with Sainz and fought back up the hill at Turn four. He couldn't make it stick and even worse for the Ferrari driver he lost a place to Ricciardo. Danil Kvyat also earned a penalty after his collision with Lance Stroll.
Ricciardo V Ocon
During the midpoint of the race the 2 Reanaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon began duelling over the minor points placings. They passed and repassed lap after lap costing each other time, the more experienced driver Ricciardo called for team orders and his wish was granted. He was allowed past his French teammate.
Mclarens great day
The Mclaren team based in Woking have produced a great car this season and have been fighting for third in the Constructors all year up against Racing Point and Renault. The papaya coloured cars continued their great form into the Bahrain weekend by finishing in fourth and fifth with Lando Norris just ahead of his teammate Carlos Sainz. The Mclarens finished ahead of both Renaults and scored more points than Racing Points, we have just 2 rounds to go and they are looking very good to claim third in the constructors.
Alex Albons podium
Alex Albon claimed third place in the Bahrain Grand Prix completing a great drive keeping out of trouble. The Thai driver also benefited from late race drama as Sergio Perezs Mercedes engine failed in the back of his Racing Point with just 3 laps to go. Heartbreak for Perez especially with his lack of a job for 2021. However a great occasion for Alex Albon who has underperformed this year.
Lewis Hamiltons victory
After all the drama raged on behind him Lewis Hamilton kept his head and roared away from the rest of the field to claim yet another victory in 2020 and the 95th of his career.
What happens next?
Next up for Formula One is the Sakhir Grand Prix on the 6th of December utilising the Outer Loop layout of the Sakhir International Circuit, a track that promises sub one minute lap times and 87 racing laps of white knuckled wheel to wheel racing.