Lewis Hamilton has scored the 95th victory of his career and 11th of the season after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix with ease. The third-to-last round of the World Championship was held this Sunday at the Sakhir Circuit.
The Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alex Albon completed the podium. Luck has been on the side of the Anglo-Thai driver following the retirement of Checo Perez‘ Racing Point after his engine failed just as he was touching third place with one hand. This would have been his second consecutive podium after Turkey.
It was also a great day for McLaren. Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz took fourth and fifth, dealing a serious blow to their rivals for third in the Constructors’ title race. Sainz delighted fans with a remarkable performance. The #55, climbed ten positions from his starting fifteenth thanks to good tire management and great overtaking. Just as outstanding was his English partner.
Pierre Gasly gave a shinning rendition on board his AT01. The Frenchman from Alfa Tauri finished one place below the Spaniard after another one of his solid performances this year, in which he seems to have found his inner strength again.
Ferrari was also disappointing once again. Only Charles Leclerc with a bleak tenth place managed to save some face to La Scuderia, as his teammate Sebastian Vettel finished out of the point positions, frustrated with a car he just cannot get used to.
Besides the competitive issues, the race has been marked by the horrifying accident suffered by Romain Grosjean on the opening lap. The French driver crashed against the barriers after touching the Alpha Tauri of Daniil Kvyat. The car was split in two and caught fire as a result of the impact.
Despite the heart-wrenching images, Grosjean came out of the wreck on his own two feet, escaping any serious injury or worse. He was immediately taken to the racetrack’s medical centre and later on transferred to a local hospital where he remains under observation.
On resuming the race, the Racing Point of Lance Stroll flipped over as he attempted a pass on Kvyat, triggering the first safety car. The second safety car would appear with two laps to go following Checo Perez’ engine failure.
The eventful and emotional race finished as most of them do, with another rotund success for the #44 who, now as seven-time champion, is steadily approaching his 100th victory. The second victor of the day was Verstappen, accompanied this time by his teammate Alex Albon.