World champion Lewis Hamilton (35) celebrated his 95th GP victory in Bahrain ahead of the Red Bull duo Verstappen and Albon, the eleventh in this wild Corona season. That would have ticked the statistics. Now it’s all about emotions and sheer madness.
No sooner had the race been reopened after 87 minutes after the fire drama with Grosjean than the safety car was already on its way.
Stroll rolled over
The Canadian Lance Stroll got caught in the Alpha Tauri Honda from Kvyat when the pink Racing Point Mercedes overturned – and the Canadian was able to free himself from the car lying on its head. The Russian received a ten-second pit penalty for this action.
But fate had even worse plans for the team’s third place in the World Cup (then Aston Martin in 2021) that day. With four laps to go when Pérez was on the podium (as in the last race in Turkey), the Mercedes engine said goodbye with a huge plume of smoke – and suddenly the rear was blazing. Members burst into tears at the pink boxes and threw their hands away. The double failure threw Racing Point back to 4th place behind McLaren-Renault (171 points) with 154 points.
Just unimportant details
There were just unimportant details on that crazy Sunday in the desert. Just like the total failure of Ferrari (10th Leclerc, 13th Vettel).
Even Alfa Sauber could not save the weak Saturday on Sunday. Räikkönen (15th) and Giovinazzi (16th) hopelessly gurgled through the mild night on the Gulf of Bahrain. There is only one driver left behind the Hinwiler duo – Kevin Magnussen. Romain Grosjean’s Danish team-mate didn’t really feel like driving anymore after the horror.
Ancient wisdom confirmed again
But the old Formula 1 wisdom was confirmed once again: After a serious accident (whether it is your own or not) try to climb back into the cockpit and accelerate as quickly as possible. Otherwise you have too long to think.
There is one thing the drivers will certainly discuss before the next training session in Bahrain on Friday: the often criticized halo (halo) must have saved Grosjean’s life. Long live the FIA and the cockpit protection!