Hamilton wins the F1 season opening

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton took a strategy victory over the faster Red Bull-Honda of Max Verstappen in Bahrain for the opening race of the season. The drama was all about Verstappen’s failed overtake bid a few laps from the end – but the story was really about how he even ended up behind the Mercedes in the first place, having qualified on pole by 0.4s and led the opening stint.

With four laps to go, Max takes almost certain victory from Lewis

And then hands it back to him moments later #BahrainGP ???????? #F1 @LewisHamilton @Max33Verstappen pic.twitter.com/PJoXhaCjHd

— Formula 1 (@F1) March 28, 2021