The Bahrain Grand Prix was the perfect launch that the 2021 Formula 1 season could have hoped for. Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton, driving a slower car, pushed off alleged heir Max Verstappen in a faster car in what was only the first round of the 23-round bout than those two will enter this season.
Across the grid at the Bahrain Grand Prix, the Formula 1 midfielder fought another close battle where the highest caliber drivers were again embroiled in an ultra-close battle for supremacy.
This race was the perfect advertisement for Formula 1 and the average Formula 1 fan would surely be excited if this is what the next 22 races are going to look like. Let’s go back to the race and choose the 5 main scenarios of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
# 1 The Bahrain Grand Prix was only the first round
It’s correct! The Bahrain Grand Prix was only the first race of the season, there are still 22 races left. The reason Formula 1 is so good right now is that we have two similarly paced cars driven by two of the best drivers on the grid fighting for the championship, we have a midfielder of five close together. others fighting for midfield honors and to add to that we have a grid with four world champions and 10 race winners.
Unless Mercedes or Red Bull come up with a magic bullet, we’ll see both teams fight in every race. And we’ll see the midfielder do the same. As a Formula 1 fan, there has never been a better season to follow the sport and the best part is that there are up to 22 races left to go.
# 2 Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are the gold standard in Formula 1
The only difference between Mercedes and Red Bull in the race was “the experience”. Frontline combat experience. Red Bull hasn’t fought for the title since 2013. They’ve scored a win here and there, but they haven’t been in such a high-stakes environment in a while.
Mercedes, however, is there and has been doing this for seven years. Red Bull, a team that was the shark and attempted to attack Mercedes while leading, were caught in an unknown position. Mercedes was proactive, they knew they couldn’t beat Red Bull in a direct fight, which is why they tried something out of the box and implemented an entirely different strategy.
Lewis hamilton to his credit was able to fend off the fast charge Max Verstappen in Bahrain of all circuits where overtaking is comparatively easier. What the Bahrain Grand Prix showed is that despite not having the fastest car on the grid, Mercedes was still able to win the race. Today, Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton set the benchmark for how a team-driver combination works.
# 3 Max Verstappen and Red Bull must stay calm
The Bahrain Grand Prix is a setback for Red Bull, there is no other way to say it. They had the fastest car, if they were a little more proactive with Verstappen on the radio they might have had a better chance of winning the race. As I mentioned earlier, Max Verstappen and Red Bull have been the hunters for far too long, they’ve chased the fastest car almost every time for the past few years.
They found themselves in an unknown position at the Bahrain Grand Prix and paid the price. Even then, there were several advantages to focus on at the end of the race. Max Verstappen beat Mercedes by a gap of almost 4 tenths in qualifying.
The car is fast in all conditions. And more importantly, there are still 22 races to go. Losing a race isn’t the end of the world if they can learn from it. All they have to do is stay calm, focus on what they’ve done wrong, and then try to come back and dominate the race.
# 4 He is the best midfielder in Formula 1 history
For a moment, let’s sit back and love the talent pool available in the midfield. We have a quadruple world champion in Sebastian Vettel, a double world champion in Fernando Alonso, race winners Daniel Ricciardo, Pierre Gasly and Charles Leclerc. In a sport that has been plagued by the emergence of too many paying drivers, this has to be one of the most competitive grids in the history of the sport.
To add to that, these drivers will compete against each other in similarly paced cars in each race. The Formula 1 season becomes more attractive when there is a fight up front. But we should not discredit the level of competition that is displayed here. In many ways he is the best midfielder in the history of the sport and the Bahrain Grand Prix was just the start.
# 5 Alpine F1 was the disappointment of the week
We must act and act quickly at Alpine. The team that apparently got rid of Cyril Abiteboul when they finished fifth in 2020 and not third are at best, the seventh fastest team in Formula 1. Fernando Alonso fell in order today after having started eighth in the race. The team have been noticeably silent about the car’s performance throughout the preseason, but what we can see now is that the car just doesn’t have the pace to make a real impact.
On the other hand, the team is not even up to the task strategically. It didn’t make sense for the team to go for soft tires for Ocon’s first stint. In a race where it looked like Ocon could have won a point or two using an alternate strategy, he was forced to execute the worst possible strategy on the entire grid.
Alpine should act quickly now because despite the announcement of a long-term commitment to Formula 1, a further drop in the pecking order will not go well and we could see some heads rolling at the end of the year.