Video: Red Bull “in a different galaxy” at the F1 Bahrain GP

The new-look RB20 proved an instant success for Verstappen as he eased to victory, while most of his rivals were hit by trouble or left fighting through the pack.Perez battled from fifth on the grid to take second place, but with his Dutch team-mate long gone and winning by over 22s, as Carlos Sainz completed the podium for Ferrari.Bryn Lucas is joined by Jonathan Noble and Matt Kew to break down …Keep reading

Jos Verstappen: Red Bull F1 team risks being “torn apart” if Horner stays

As a weekend of high-tension for Horner came to an end with a dominant 1-2 for Red Bull in the Bahrain Grand Prix, the situation surrounding his future took a dramatic twist late in the evening as Verstappen Sr called for him to go.Horner has been the subject of an investigation by Red Bull’s energy drinks company following allegations made against him by a female employee.The eight-week long …Keep reading

Alpine facing fresh headache as F1 technical director and head of aero resign

The outfit has endured a challenging start to the campaign, with Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly qualifying on the back row at the F1 season opener before finishing 17th and 18th.But as well as the on-track difficulties, the French manufacturer is now facing the prospect of a major reshuffle of its technical department with the looming loss of technical director Matt Harman and head of aerodynamics …Keep reading

Ricciardo and Tsunoda disagree over RB swap call in F1 Bahrain GP

In the closing stages of the 2024 F1 opener, Tsunoda was hunting down Kevin Magnussen for 12th place on hard tyres while team-mate Ricciardo was closing in on both of them on softs.On lap 50 RB asked Tsunoda to concede position to his team-mate so that Ricciardo could attack the Haas driver on the faster tyre compound, which the Japanese driver initially disputed, but belatedly swapped places a …Keep reading

Wolff: Mercedes F1 engine issues cost 0.5s per lap in Bahrain

George Russell led the Silver Arrows charge with fifth place in Bahrain as team-mate Lewis Hamilton finished the season-opener in seventh, the pair having started third and ninth respectively.Russell had climbed as high as second with an outside pass on Charles Leclerc on lap four to sit just 1.7s behind eventual dominant Red Bull winner Max Verstappen.But his impressive start was undone by having …Keep reading

F1 Bahrain Prix – Start time, starting grid, how to watch, & more

After all the talk and posturing of pre-season testing and practice, the true pace of the grid was revealed with Red Bull’s Verstappen taking his 33rd career F1 pole by beating Charles Leclerc.Leclerc, who produced a lap time in Q2 quick enough to take pole outright, will still be content with the front row having qualified ahead of Mercedes’ George Russell and the sister Ferrari of Carlos …Keep reading

Ocon: Alpine must keep chin up through tough F1 2024 start

Friday night’s Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying confirmed Alpine’s fears over starting the year on the back foot following a late car concept change this winter.The Enstone team’s fortunes are not expected to change dramatically until it can bring upgrades to its A524’s base design, which could take five to six races.It means both Frenchman await the unenviable task of keeping morale up at the …Keep reading

Verstappen: Red Bull continuous gains key to beating Ferrari to Bahrain F1 pole

Although Red Bull had been predicted to resume its 2023 dominance after testing, Verstappen had not headlined any of the sessions leading up to the final stage of qualifying as Ferrari and Mercedes largely took the limelight.Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc headed Q1 and Q2 respectively, but the Ferrari duo could not beat Verstappen in the top 10 shootout – although Leclerc’s Q2 lap had been …Keep reading

Alonso: Aston Martin’s F1 qualifying pace a “massive surprise”

In an extremely tight Q3 field, Alonso’s 1m29.542s yielded him sixth on Saturday’s grid.And while he was a tantalisingly close 0.005s off Sergio Perez in fifth and just half a tenth of George Russell in third, Alonso was buoyed by the result because he had doubts about his AMR24’s one-lap speed.”It was a nice surprise to find ourselves competitive,” Alonso grinned. “After winter testing we had …Keep reading

Mercedes dialled out qualifying pace to boost Bahrain F1 race chances

However, the squad feels that moving away from the strong single-lap form that helped Lewis Hamilton and George Russell top Thursday practice was essential to give it a decent chance in Saturday’s race.Russell showed the progress Mercedes had made with its car as he ended up qualifying third, three-tenths behind pole position man Max Verstappen.Reflecting on the form, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff …Keep reading