Formula One was once again in Bahrain for the second weekend in a row, this time for the Sakhir Grand Prix on the outer circuit.
The race was action-packed, with lap times under 60 seconds and three drivers making a surprise trip to the podium.
Russell’s Heartbreak as Mercedes mess-up pit stop
George Russell must feel like the unluckiest F1 driver at the moment after he saw his maiden victory slip away from his reach as Mercedes badly messed-up trying to double-stack him and Bottas during a safety car brought out by Jack Aitken, who was driving Russell’s normal car this weekend.
The British driver looked distraught at the end of the race, and the online reaction was mostly along the same lines. Many people wanted to see Russell prove himself against Bottas, and he did just that. The record books will say that Russell only managed to pick up three points in a World Championship winning car, but viewers of the race will know it was a very different story that unfolded in front of our eyes.
Sergio Perez is a Formula One race winner
Sergio Perez stood on the top step of the podium for the first time in his career after leading the pack in his Racing Point car at the end of the 87 lap race. He becomes the first Mexican driver to win a Formula One Grand Prix in 50 years.
One thing that still troubles many F1 fans is the fact that Perez doesn’t have a Formula One seat for next season. He is linked to the Red Bull seat that is currently occupied by Alex Albon, but the British-born Thai driver’s performances making Red Bull question his position in the team.
Grosjean announces he will miss the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Romain Grosjean has released an emotional video where he stated that he would not be returning to Formula One for the season finale in Abu Dhabi. The French driver suffered burns to his hands and ankle after a horrific crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix. He made the decision based on the long-term effects that driving the car may have on his hand/
Mercedes have revealed that they would be willing to give Grosjean a test drive in the new year, with other teams expected to offer up their 2019 cars for him to drive. One possibility for him is to take part in a pre-season test session for HAAS, especially if it gets moved to Bahrain as being reported by Autosport.