Defending Formula One world champion Max Verstappen, who started today’s Bahrain Grand Prix, the opening race of the season from pole came through to win by over 20s from his Red Bull Racing teammate Sergio Perez and took the fastest lap of the 57 lap race and as a result gave the Milton Keynes-based outfit maximum points.

Scuderia Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz had a great race coming home in third place just ahead of his teammate Charles Leclerc while George Russell finished the race in fifth place for the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team.

Lando Norris had a great race for McLaren Racing as he came home in sixth place just ahead of Lewis Hamilton who had started the race from ninth and came home in seventh just ahead of Oscar Piastri. At the same time, the Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team’s Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll rounded out the top ten. Just outside the top ten was Zhou Guanyu for the Stake F1 Team.

Kevin Magnussen was 12th for the MoneyGram Haas F1 Team just ahead of the Visa Cash App RB F1 Team’s Daniel Ricciardo and Yuki Tsunoda. Alex Albon had a solid race in 15th place for Williams Racing. Nico Hulkenberg was 16th just ahead of Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly. Valtteri Bottas and Logan Sargeant rounded out the order in 19th and 20th places, respectively.

For Verstappen, it was a case of business as usual as he has led the championship for 40 consecutive races and had a real Sunday drive on Saturday night as he scored his 55th career Formula One victory.

Next up is the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at the Jeddah circuit next Saturday.

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