The absence of Lewis Hamilton at the Sakhir Grand Prix demonstrated that Formula 1 can put on a great show. The race this Sunday had an uncertain ending, and it seemed that he had a total control of the team Mercedes. However, in the absence of ten laps came the catastrophe for the box of the German structure. Neither George Russell, neither Valtteri Bottas they managed to get first place.
After the accident on the first lap in which they were involved Max verstappen, Charles Leclerc Y Sergio PerezNothing made us think that the Mexican driver was going to win. From the last place, Pérez began an epic comeback that generated the pride of all Mexicans who were glued to the TV. It had been 50 years since a pilot from his country took first place, the last one was Pedro Rodriguez at Spa-Francorchamps.
The second place of the race was Esteban Ocon. The Frenchman took advantage of the mistakes of the Mercedes team and with a very solid test by the team Renault to get behind Pérez. It is the third podium for the French structure this season, after Daniel Ricciardo did it twice.
Lance Stroll he took the last step of the podium. Although he did not have a spectacular pace, the Canadian was another of the drivers who took advantage of the fact that Bottas and Russell did not have good luck. It is Stroll’s third podium in his sporting career, and it’s second this season. Next year, he will have to fight hand to hand against Sebastian Vettel, to maintain his position in Formula 1.
Valtteri Bottas, the big loser
This week that the Mercedes team faces, it will be very turbulent. Valtteri Bottas was widely outclassed by his teammate, George Russell, who was ahead for much of the race. The Briton ended up dejected when he saw how a puncture took the victory away from him, while the Finn was the big loser of the day, since he had the chance to show his level.