This race weekend at the Sakhir Grand Prix was more eventful than any other in recent times, with George Russell stepping up to replace Hamilton at Mercedes. Jack Aitken replaced Russell at Williams. Pietro Fittipaldi replaced the injured Romain Grosjean at Haas.
Before the lights went off, the pressure was set to maximum on Russell who started the race from the second place. His start was brilliant, but the action was cut off when Leclerc collided with Perez. The optionless Verstappen collided with the protective barrier to protect himself from crashing into Leclerc.
Even though Perez was involved in the collision, he pitted for new tyres. This made him fly from the 18th to the 11th spot on the grind in less than 10 laps. Russell was sitting confidently in the first place, with his eyes set on the win.
But disaster was just about to strike! Nicholas Latifi retired for mechanical reasons, bringing the virtual safety car out. His new teammate crashed his front wing, extending the virtual safety car period by quite some time. Both Mercedes drivers pitted, a decision which would prove uninspired, as the pit crew was not prepared. George Russell’s tires were mixed up with Bottas’, and he had to pit again, ending his chances at winning the Shakir Grand Prix.
On the merrier end of the track, Sergio Perez was leading the pack, Ocon was following and Stroll was just behind him. Russell made his way to P9 in the end, making him score his first points in Formula One. But the winner’s cup had Sergio Perez written on it, his first victory in his 10 year-long career in F1.