Despite an impressive burst of speed from his Red Bull, Max Verstappen finally had to bow to Lewis Hamilton, author of a perfect race in his Mercedes. The season promises to be tight and exciting.

Max Verstappen’s Red Bull looked untouchable at the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend, after the fastest time in all free practice sessions and a great pole position. But in the race, perfect management of the tire stops by Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes enabled the Englishman to get the best at the end of the race.

Max Verstappen did a good job getting past Lewis Hamilton in the last few kilometers, but he will then have to surrender his position to have gone too wide out of the turn. Lewis Hamilton, also passed wide several times in the race, has so far not been worried by the marshals.

The struggling Alpine and Aston Martins

Behind, Bottas completed the podium in his Mercedes, very far from the two leading men. Author of a good race, Lando Norris brought his McLaren-Mercedes back to fourth position ahead of Sergio Perez, the new teammate of Max Verstappen, who made a good comeback on his Red Bull. In the other half of the standings, the Alpine and the Aston Martins are struggling: Fernando Alonso had to retire, Esteban Ocon had a chaotic race and Sebastian Vettel sank in the last laps.