Mercedes have “lost a year in development” and “everything is bad” with their car performance, team principal Toto Wolff admitted.
Aston Martin’s competitive start to the new Formula 1 season has given Fernando Alonso the belief he can score his first win for 10 years.
Red Bull’s domination of F1 is set to continue after Max Verstappen won the season-opener in crushing style. But Fernando Alonso stole the show with a fine drive to third.
Red Bull were untouchable in the opening race of the 2023 season, not least because they were able to run a more aggressive tyre strategy than their rivals.
Red Bull team principal Christian Horner says his team are “not taking anything for granted” despite dominating the opening round of the championship.
A downbeat George Russell believes Red Bull’s championship victory is already a foregone conclusion after a single race.
Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur says the engine failure which put Charles Leclerc out of the Bahrain Grand Prix was completely unexpected.
Esteban Ocon says he wasn’t the only driver who was out of position at the start of the Bahrain Grand Prix, despite being the only one to collect a penalty.
Lewis Hamilton restated his view that Mercedes need to change the concept behind their Formula 1 car after finishing fifth in the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Charles Leclerc admitted it was “impossible” for him to be positive about the opening race of the 2023 season after retiring with a power unit problem in Bahrain
Nico Hulkenberg was given two penalties for five track limits violations during the Bahrain Grand Prix – but no penalty points on his licence.
Max Verstappen says he is “very happy” to take victory at the Sakhir circuit after missing out on wins at the last two races around the venue.
Max Verstappen leads the drivers championship by seven points from Sergio Perez after the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso finished on the podium in his first race for Aston Martin then lavished praise on his team mate Lance Stroll – despite the pair colliding on the first lap of the race.
Max Verstappen started the 2023 season in dominant fashion for Red Bull, leading home Sergio Perez as Fernando Alonso took a podium for Aston Martin.
Max Verstappen has won the Bahrain Grand Prix for Red Bull ahead of Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso.
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Ferrari believe improvements in their car’s tyre degradation and straight-line speed will help them challenge Red Bull for victory in today’s Bahrain Grand Prix.