Red Bull completely dominated the opening Formula One race weekend of the year, which was held in Australia.
Max Verstappen ʙᴇᴀᴛ his teammate Sergio Perez to the finish line by 12 seconds, completing a comfortable one-two finish ahead of Fernando Alonso, who sᴜʀᴘʀɪsᴇᴅ for Aston Martin.
GPFans take a look at what we discovered at the Bahrain Grand Prix, where Red Bull and Aston Martin were victorious and Ferrari and Mercedes were put in an embarrassing position.
Red Bull supremacy
Before of the weekend, there were warning indicators that Red Bull could run away with the victory; yet, nobody could have possibly expected that they would do so in such a dominant fashion.
At the time the checkered flag was waved, Alonso was in third place and had lost 38 seconds, and the Ferrari driven by Carlos Sainz was further 10 seconds behind.
The only person who came close to matching Verstappen’s qualifying time was teammate Perez, and the RB19’s race pace was phenomenal.
Given the gap in performance between this car and its competitors, there is a good likelihood that this car will win every race that takes place this year. This is a frightening scenario for companies like Ferrari and Mercedes.
The humiliation of Aston Martin’s competitors
The Scuderia and the Silver Arrows will focus their attention first on Aston Martin, which accomplished something akin to a miracle in order to finish on the podium.
Alonso’s move on the Mercedes was particularly spectacular, and he used it to pick off Lewis Hamilton and Sainz over the race. Alonso was at his absolute best.
Given that Silverstone’s ꜰᴀᴄᴛory modifications are not yet finished, the ꜰᴀᴄᴛ that still-recovering Lance Stroll was able to finish sixth overall and ahead of George Russell is a testament to the power of the AMR23. This is an incredible achievement considering how long it took Stroll to recuperate.
It is possible that there will not be a ʙᴀᴛᴛʟᴇ for the championship this season; but, due to the abundance of time available for testing aerodynamics, this year could
Ferrari ghosts retrun
Charles Leclerc’s retirement from the race in the final third of the competition brought Ferrari’s losing streak to another year.
After a power unit failure left him stranded on the side of the road, the Monaco driver appeared to have settled for third place with a comfortable gap back to teammate Sainz, who was ahead of Alonso at the time. However, Alonso was still in the lead at the moment.
Fans of Ferrari are entitled to feel let down after the first race of the season due to the problems that were encountered with the engines during the previous season. After making a switch just before the lights went out, Leclerc was already on his second energy store for the year.
This virtually ensures that there will be at least one grid penalty letter issued during the course of the season. The forecast for Ferrari is not encouraging.
If it was possible for something to go wrong for McLaren, then it most likely did.
Oscar Piastri’s highly anticipated first race in Formula One was cut short due to an electrical problem just 13 laps into the competition.
Lando Norris’s luck was no better, as evidenced by the ꜰᴀᴄᴛ that his MCL60 had to make a total of six pit stops in order to maintain adequate pneumatic pressure.
It put Norris near the back of the field, and although the ꜰᴀᴄᴛ that his pace behind Hamilton and Alonso when they were a lap down was a reason for optimism, the basic challenges that the Woking-based team is facing put it a significant distance behind its competitors.
Williams is a sʜᴏᴄᴋer.
Despite the team’s encouraging performance in the preseason test, it appeared exceedingly unlikely that Williams would score any points in the opening race of the season.
Although Logan Sargeant had a great first outing, he was unable to advance to the second qualifying round since his time was identical to that of Norris, who advanced because he had set his time first.
At the conclusion of the first lap, the American had moved up three positions, and he eventually crossed the finish line in 12th place, fewer than ten seconds behind Alex Albon.
But, the Thai-British driver was able to stave off the late advances of AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda to finish 10th and earn a point, which highlights the progress made at Grove.
Williams’ fortunes could very well be on the upswing now that former Mercedes strategy expert James Vowles is officially at the helm of the team.