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F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain results, standings: Ferrari sweeps top spots and Charles Leclerc wins as Red Bull cars missing

March 20, 2022 at 3:51 PM WBS

Points standings after one race

  1. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) — 26
  2. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) — 18
  3. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) — 15
  4. George Russell (Mercedes) — 12
  5. Kevin Magnussen (Haas Ferrari) — 10

Notably absent: As noted previously, Max Verstappen likely is second in points here if his car doesn’t fail him at the end of the race, causing a non-finish. Same story for his Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez. With 10 minutes left it’s likely they are sitting at two and four respectively in the points race. Instead, both are at zero. The stakes in Saudi Arabia have already been raised.

By The Athletic Staff

March 20, 2022 at 1:49 PM WBS

Want full race highlights? here you go

By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

March 20, 2022 at 1:40 PM WBS

Mattia Binotto: ‘It is a relief’

Ferarri team principal Mattia Binotto admits he was feeling tense on the restart caused by Pierre Gasly’s car catching on fire late in the race.

“(It was) a heart attack for me,” he told Sky Sports.

The 1-2 result for Ferarri was “a relief,” Binotto said as the iconic team has struggled in recent years.

“It’s fantastic,” he said. “It’s a big boost.”

Binotto added that he “was expecting Red Bull to be even stronger.”

By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

March 20, 2022 at 1:34 PM WBS

Verstappen: ‘It was very hard out there’

Defending champion Max Verstappen’s frustration boiled over on race radio after his car failed in the final laps. After the race, he said there were “a lot of different issues we had to deal with.”

While it’s not the start they had hoped for, Verstappen said he and the Red Bull team are focused on figuring out what went wrong for him and teammate Sergio Perez.

“A lot of things to analyze, to be honest,” he told Sky Sports.

“We already lost a lot of points in one race weekend so that’s not really good,” he added.

By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

March 20, 2022 at 1:26 PM WBS

Christian Horner on Red Bull’s ‘brutal finish’

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says he doesn’t know what caused drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez to have mechanical issues in the final laps.

“It looks like a similar issue on both cars,” he told Sky Sports. “We don’t know what it is yet. We’ve got to get into it and understand what’s caused it.”

Horner said Verstappen was “disappointed” with the result.

“Of course he’s disappointed when you’re looking at a comfortable second place,” said Horner.

He said Ferrari “just had a quicker car today.

“So congrats to them on a 1-2 finish.”

He’s looking ahead to next week.

“We’ve got to get on top of these issues quickly,” Horner said. “It’s a long season.”

By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

March 20, 2022 at 1:10 PM WBS

Toto Wolff: Switch to hard tires like ‘putting a hand in the toilet’

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said a 3-4 finish at this time last year would have been a disappointment but considering the challenges the team is facing this season, he’s satisfied.

He told Sky Sports that Mercedes is “punching above our weight class” in comparison to the Red Bull cars.

Wolff said the team made a mistake switching to hard throws, likening the decision to “putting a hand in the toilet.”

“Lesson learned,” he added.

By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

March 20, 2022 at 1:02 PM WBS

Strong result for Magnussen

With the chaos at the top it’s easy to lose track of Kevin Magnussen finishing fifth for Haas. Magnussen scores 10 points after Haas totaled three points in the last two years. Fifth place is the second-best finish for Haas in its seven-year existence.

Dan Santaromita

Dan Santaromita

Associate Editor, Sports Betting

March 20, 2022 at 1:00 PM WBS

No ‘Smooth Operator’ today

The broadcast cut to Carlos Sainz’s radio after being told he finished P2. Carlos did not sing “Smooth Operator” as he was his custom at McLaren after a big result. And I’m sad for this, but wow what a day for Ferrari. It’s sometimes easy to forget, because of their struggles, how mega-talented Charles Leclerc is as a driver. He’s a proven F1 winner already and just 24 years old.

Josh Cooper

Josh Cooper

Staff Editor, NHL

March 20, 2022 at 12:57 PM WBS

Hamilton pleased with podium finish

Lewis Hamilton had downplayed the team’s expectations after qualifying on Saturday so he was happy to finish up on the podium Sunday.

“Best result we could have got,” he told Sky Sports after the race.

“Of course it was unfortunate for the other two drivers,” he added, referencing his Red Bull rivals.

On Ferrari’s 1-2 finish, he said he was “so happy to see them doing well again.”

“They’re such a historic, epic team,” he added.

By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

March 20, 2022 at 12:46 PM WBS

Ferrari 1-2, Hamilton third in dramatic finish

Charles Leclerc wins in 1-2 finish for Ferrari. Carlos Sainz is second.

Mercedes gets a 3-4 while Red Bull gets zero points. Mercedes has to get a lot better, but this race result is far from bad. The cars are likely to undergo a lot of changes so early in the cycle.

Dan Santaromita

Dan Santaromita

Associate Editor, Sports Betting

March 20, 2022 at 12:42 PM WBS

Disastrous day for Red Bull

Disaster for Red Bull, Sergio Perez spins out… Lewis Hamilton will get on the podium. Wow, both Red Bulls will fail to score points.

Josh Cooper

Josh Cooper

Staff Editor, NHL

March 20, 2022 at 12:40 PM WBS

dramatic finish

Max Verstappen out of the race means a Ferrari 1-2 is likely to happen. And can Lewis Hamilton pass Sergio Perez to get the podium? So many possibilities for the finish. If Ferrari gets a 1-2 will Carlos Sainz sing “Smooth Operator”?

Josh Cooper

Josh Cooper

Staff Editor, NHL

March 20, 2022 at 12:38 PM WBS

max is out

Holy cow! A shocking development for Max Verstappen sees his day end in a mechanical failure instead of a second-place finish. Stunning to see him drop out of the points. This world championship is going to be fascinating.

Jeff Gluck

Jeff Gluck

Staff Writer, Motorsports

March 20, 2022 at 12:32 PM WBS

Hot start to season for Haas

Seven laps to go and BOTH Haas cars are in the points. We need the camera to pan to team principal Guenther Steiner. They were a punchline a year ago but they definitely seemed to be competitive to start the season.

Josh Cooper

Josh Cooper

Staff Editor, NHL

March 20, 2022 at 12:30 PM WBS

deja vu all over again

A late safety car when the leader was in control and Max Verstappen in second place is now back in the mix? Anyone else getting flashbacks to Abu Dhabi? Oh, and this time the lapped cars are unlapping themselves…

Dan Santaromita

Dan Santaromita

Associate Editor, Sports Betting

March 20, 2022 at 12:27 PM WBS

Safety car on the track

We have a safety car with 10 laps to go and the top six is 鈥嬧媋ll on soft tires. This should set up for an exciting finish. The broadcast is touting Verstappen’s straight-line speed vs. the Ferraris, but Leclerc has been faster all day. That being said, Max is about as aggressive a driver as there is on the field. He’ll go for it big time.

Josh Cooper

Josh Cooper

Staff Editor, NHL

March 20, 2022 at 12:26 PM WBS

Running order as we approach the restart…

  1. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari)
  2. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
  3. Carlos Sainz Jr. (Ferrari)
  4. Sergio Perez (Red Bull)
  5. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

March 20, 2022 at 12:22 PM WBS

Red Bull pits both drivers; Gasly’s car in flames

Just when you thought it was going to be a straightforward race, Red Bull pits both of their drivers, Ferrari responds with Sainz and suddenly Pierre Gasly’s car catches on fire to bring out a safety car. Now race leader Leclerc can pit, but how will this shake up the finishing order after the restart?

Jeff Gluck

Jeff Gluck

Staff Writer, Motorsports

March 20, 2022 at 12:21 PM WBS

Virtual safety car marks its arrival

Pierre Gasly’s car caught fire with 11 laps remaining, and we have the first appearance of a virtual safety car is here. The big news out of that: Lead gaps will clear, and it creates a situation where the fastest cars have a clear edge.

By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

March 20, 2022 at 12:10 PM WBS

41 of 57 lapses complete

And it’s remarkable how qualifying form is exactly holding up. Charles Leclerc leads, just as he qualified, and he’s followed by Verstappen, Sainz, and Perez. Again, that was the exact top four on the grid to start.

By The Athletic Staff

By The Athletic Staff

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