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Ferrari: F1 engine gains may not be known for four more races

Ferrari thinks it could take another four race weekends for it to be sure about the amount of progress it has made with its new Formula 1 engine.

Differential issue cost Verstappen 0.3s per lap in Bahrain

Max Verstappen was "clearly handicapped" by a differential issue that cost him 0.3 seconds per lap early on in the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix, according to Helmut Marko.

Mazepin "beating himself up" over Bahrain woes, says Steiner

Haas Formula 1 team boss Guenther Steiner revealed Nikita Mazepin was "beating himself up" over his lap-one exit in Bahrain but is confident the Russian rookie is "ready to go again".

Hamilton: Verstappen won't make Turn 4 mistake again

Lewis Hamilton reckons Max Verstappen will learn from his 2021 Formula 1 Bahrain defeat and not make another mistake similar to slipping off the road during their battle last weekend.

Hamilton: Bahrain win a "chance to prove people wrong"

Lewis Hamilton reckons his 2021 Bahrain victory with the race’s second-best car was a “chance to prove people wrong” regarding suggestions his Formula 1 wins are primarily down to machinery.  

How Verstappen's Bahrain mistake can only make him stronger Bahrain GP Prime
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How Verstappen's Bahrain mistake can only make him stronger

Max Verstappen lost out to Lewis Hamilton at the Bahrain Grand Prix by a tiny margin, slipping off the track just as victory was within his grasp. But the painful lesson from defeat can only help Verstappen come back even stronger

McLaren reveals Ricciardo had floor damage from Gasly clash

McLaren has revealed that Daniel Ricciardo performance in Formula 1's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix was hurt by floor damage sustained at the start of the race.

Vettel accepts blame for Ocon Bahrain F1 collision

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has admitted his collision with Esteban Ocon in the Bahrain Grand Prix "was probably my mistake" and explained why he initially blamed the Alpine driver.

Sainz: I was too cautious in first Ferrari F1 start

Carlos Sainz admits he took too much of a cautious approach to his opening race laps as a Ferrari Formula 1 driver in the season opener.

Tsunoda "wouldn't sleep" if he hadn't attacked Stroll on last lap

AlphaTauri Formula 1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda says he wouldn’t have been able to sleep on Sunday night if he hadn’t launched a last lap attack on Lance Stroll at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Mazepin "very angry" with himself for early Bahrain exit

Haas Formula 1 driver Nikita Mazepin said he was "very angry" at himself for his lap one retirement in the Bahrain Grand Prix after losing control in Turn 2.

Sandwich wrapper caused Alonso's Bahrain retirement

Fernando Alonso's hopes of scoring points on his Formula 1 return in Bahrain were wrecked by a sandwich wrapper getting lodged into one of his brake ducts.

Verstappen: Red Bull didn't have flexibility it needed on tyres

Max Verstappen thinks Red Bull could have done a better job with its strategy options for the Bahrain Grand Prix, after boxing itself in with its tyre usage in practice.

How the 'Great F1 Rake-Off' delivered a Bahrain GP showdown

For the 2021 F1 season, the battle of Red Bull vs Mercedes looks set to be captured in the high-rake vs low-rake philosophy clash due to this year's technical rule tweaks. While bringing the grid closer together in terms of performance, it could be the deciding factor in the race for the world title

How track limits became the talk of the Bahrain GP

The abuse of track limits has become an ongoing topic in Formula 1 in recent years, and on Sunday the subject took a little shine off what had otherwise been a fantastic race for the sport.

Bahrain Grand Prix - Driver ratings

The eagerly-anticipated first race of 2021 produced a surprise winner and plenty of stellar performances throughout the field. But only one driver took a maximum score in our driver ratings under the Bahrain floodlights.

How Perez saved his Red Bull F1 debut in Bahrain

Sergio Perez has revealed how he saved his Red Bull debut by restarting his Honda engine on the formation lap of the Bahrain Grand Prix, receiving praise from his new Formula 1 team for his swift actions.

Mercedes has "no strengths" over Red Bull in F1 2021

Mercedes believes it has no strengths over Red Bull in Formula 1 this year, despite winning the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

The calls that decided Hamilton and Verstappen's Bahrain battle

Fastest in every session, all signs pointed towards Red Bull and Max Verstappen starting the 2021 F1 season with a victory. That it didn't pan out that way, and Lewis Hamilton scored a surprising win, owes much to an aggressive Mercedes strategy and a pre-race tyre selection that Verstappen would later question

Red Bull: Track limits rules should not be "shades of grey"

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Formula 1’s track limits rules should not be "shades of grey", after the Bahrain Grand Prix controversy.

Hamilton: Final few laps of Bahrain GP were "horrifying"

Lewis Hamilton says the final laps of his late Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix duel with Max Verstappen were "horrifying", as he feared keeping the Red Bull behind was impossible.

Wolff: Track limit rules can't be "a Shakespeare novel"

Mercedes Formula 1 team boss Toto Wolff has urged the FIA to clear up its track limits approach after fresh controversy in the Bahrain Grand Prix, saying the rules need to be "sacred" and not a "Shakespeare novel".

Horner: Verstappen letting Hamilton past was "the right thing"

Red Bull Formula 1 team boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen "did the right thing" by following race control and letting Lewis Hamilton through in the final stages of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Verstappen explains why he could not re-attack Hamilton

Max Verstappen has explained why he could not attempt another pass on Lewis Hamilton after giving back the lead following a track limits violation late in Formula 1's Bahrain race.

Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix race results: Hamilton beats Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton won a pulsating Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir for Mercedes on Sunday, the first race of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Hamilton: Bahrain GP "one of the hardest races"

Lewis Hamilton says the Bahrain Grand Prix was one of the hardest races he has had in Formula 1 for a while, as he triumphed after a thriller duel with Max Verstappen.

Verstappen "preferred" time penalty to letting Hamilton past

Max Verstappen says he would have preferred a penalty for overtaking Formula 1 rival Lewis Hamilton off-track at the Bahrain Grand Prix's climax, rather than handing back the lead

Bahrain GP: Hamilton holds off Verstappen to win epic duel

Lewis Hamilton held on to defeat Max Verstappen in a thrilling late duel in Formula 1's 2021 season opener in Bahrain, with the Red Bull driver giving back a late pass.

The Bahrain GP as it happened

Follow all the action from the Bahrain Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Hamilton expected gap to Red Bull in qualifying to be "double"

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes' 0.388-second gap to Max Verstappen in Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying is closer than he expected, after anticipating it being "double" based on pre-season testing.

Vettel receives grid penalty for Bahrain yellow flag infringement

Aston Martin driver Sebastian Vettel will start the 2021 Formula 1 season opener in Bahrain from the back of the grid due to a grid penalty for ignoring double yellow flags in qualifying.

Alonso “expecting to struggle” in opening races of F1 return Bahrain GP
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Alonso “expecting to struggle” in opening races of F1 return

Fernando Alonso said he was satisfied by qualifying in the top 10 on his Formula 1 return in Bahrain, admitting he was "expecting to struggle" in the first few races.

The rear end overhaul that has transformed Red Bull

Red Bull’s crushing form over the Formula 1 season opening weekend in Bahrain is proof that it has got on top of the tricky aero anomalies that dogged its campaign last year.

Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix – How to watch, start time & more

Formula 1 returns to action this weekend with the Bahrain Grand Prix. Find out how to watch it, what time it starts and more here.

Vettel summoned to F1 stewards over yellow flags incident

Sebastian Vettel has been summoned by the FIA Stewards over a double yellow flags incident during qualifying for the 2021 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix.

Perez "has to be patient" with himself after Bahrain Q3 miss

Red Bull Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez says he is unconcerned by missing Q3 in Bahrain GP qualifying because he has to be "patient" with himself at his new team.

Mercedes: Engine derating issue adding to Red Bull deficit

Mercedes has revealed that its deficit to Red Bull at the Bahrain Grand Prix is not being helped by engine derating issues around the Sakhir Formula 1 track.

Tsunoda says "strange" medium tyres had no grip at all in Q2

AlphaTauri Formula 1 rookie Yuki Tsunoda says a "strange" feeling on the medium compound tyre during Q2 prevented him from qualifying in the top 10 for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Sainz thought qualifying "was over" after Q1 glitch Bahrain GP
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Sainz thought qualifying "was over" after Q1 glitch

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz thought his Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying session "was over" after a glitch in Q1.

Verstappen's floor damage cost him 0.1s per lap Bahrain GP
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Verstappen's floor damage cost him 0.1s per lap

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Max Verstappen carried damage worth approximately 0.1 seconds for the rest of Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying after his Q1 kerb strike.

Grand Prix qualifying results: Verstappen takes pole in Bahrain F1 Bahrain GP
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Grand Prix qualifying results: Verstappen takes pole in Bahrain F1

Max Verstappen took pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix at Sakhir for Red Bull Racing on Saturday, the first race weekend of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Hamilton "absolutely gave it everything" in qualifying Bahrain GP
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Hamilton "absolutely gave it everything" in qualifying

Lewis Hamilton said he gave everything he could in Formula 1 qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, but Red Bull was simply too quick.

Vettel "upset and angry" after Bahrain Q1 exit Bahrain GP
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Vettel "upset and angry" after Bahrain Q1 exit

Aston Martin Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel was left "upset and angry" after going out in Q1 of Bahrain GP qualifying, in which the German saw his second flying lap ruined by yellow flags.

Bahrain GP: Verstappen storms to pole ahead of Hamilton Bahrain GP
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Bahrain GP: Verstappen storms to pole ahead of Hamilton

Max Verstappen beat Lewis Hamilton to the first pole position of the new Formula 1 season, as the Red Bull driver topped 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying by over 0.3s.

Bahrain GP qualifying as it happened

Live commentary and updates from the Bahrain Grand Prix's Saturday's FP3 and qualifying sessions

Bahrain GP: Verstappen outpaces Hamilton by 0.7s in FP3

Max Verstappen completed a 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix practice clean sweep for Red Bull, as he topped FP3 by nearly three-quarters of a second over Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.

Tsunoda aims to work on swearing weakness

Yuki Tsunoda says that getting angry on the team radio and losing focus is a weak point that he needs to iron out in Formula 1.

Leclerc surprised by Ferrari competitiveness in Bahrain practice

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc said he was positively surprised with his team's pace during Friday practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix after his new teammate Carlos Sainz clocked the fourth fastest time.

Vettel says there's "a lot left on the table" after practice

Sebastian Vettel says there's "still a lot left on the table" after a low-key first Friday of the season with the Aston Martin Formula 1 team in Bahrain.

Norris plays down McLaren’s pace in Bahrain GP practice

Lando Norris has played down McLaren’s impressive practice form at the Bahrain Grand Prix, claiming he is lacking confidence and does not think rivals showed their true pace.

Mercedes facing Bahrain "dogfight" with Red Bull

Mercedes Formula 1 boss Toto Wolff believes his team will face a "dogfight" with Red Bull at this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, as the W12 car was "inconsistent" in practice.

Perez lacking single-lap pace with Red Bull F1 car

Sergio Perez says he's lacking single-lap pace with his Red Bull at the moment, after ending the opening day of practice in Bahrain more than half-a-second adrift of teammate Max Verstappen.

Aston Martin revamps floor amid low rake rules hit

With growing indications that the low rake cars have come off worst with Formula 1’s 2021 rule changes, it is no surprise to see those hit responding the hardest.

Grand Prix practice results: Verstappen tops Bahrain F1 sessions

Max Verstappen set the fastest time on the opening day of Bahrain Grand Prix practice at Sakhir for Red Bull Racing on Friday, the first race weekend track running for the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship season.

Bahrain GP: Verstappen pips Norris in second practice

Max Verstappen kept Red Bull on top at the 2021 Formula 1 season opener in Bahrain, topping FP2 ahead of McLaren driver Lando Norris and Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.

Bahrain GP practice as it happened

Follow all the action from the Bahrain Grand Prix as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Bahrain GP: Verstappen tops FP1 from Bottas

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen set the fastest time in first practice for the 2021 Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, as Formula 1's new season commenced.

Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying – Start time, how to watch, channel & more

Bahrain is hosting the opening round of the 2021 Formula 1 season this weekend. Here's how you can watch the Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying on March 27 in your country.

Bahrain GP: Latest F1 2021 technical developments

Join us as we delve into the latest technical developments from the opening round of the 2021 Formula 1 World Championship in Bahrain, courtesy of Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images.

2021 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix session timings and preview Bahrain GP
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2021 Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix session timings and preview

Following a relatively short winter break, Formula 1 returns to action this weekend with the Bahrain Grand Prix. Here's how you can watch the F1 season opener in your country.