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Bahrain GP: Rookie Russell on Spot, Mag’s Viking Return and More

At the recently held Bahrain Grand Prix, things happened in a pretty different manner than what the world of F1 had expected

The Formula One 2022 season is up and running as the Bahrain Grand Prix, the first race of the season ended on 20 March 2022 with no Mercedes and Red Bull in the middle of the podium. Instead, it was Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who grabbed the first spot, whereas teammate Carlos Sainz completed a one-two by securing the second spot.

Two Ferraris at the front were not the only change compared to 2021 because the first race of the season saw several upsets and a few surprises. In the following paragraphs, we have compiled an overview of the 2022 Bahrain Grand Prix; a race that stunned almost everyone associated with the world of F1.

Young Zhou’s epic debut, Bottas proved his worth

As we are well aware, in 2022, Alfa Romeo has two new drivers in the form of China’s Zhou, who is a debutant on the F1 grid and former Mercedes driver Bottas. Nobody expected but rookie Zhou finished 10th and picked up points for Romeo whereas Bottas proved his worth to the world by finishing 6th in an Alfa.

Russell, the ideal replacement of Bottas

In the first race of the season, Mercedes faced numerous issues with their two cars, but youngster George Russell finished fourth and showed why he is the ideal replacement of experienced driver Bottas. Ahead of him, a struggling Lewis finished third. Unfortunately, defending champion Verstappen and his teammate Perez did not finish the race and therefore, Red Bull could not score a single point.

Magnussen’s Viking return, Schumacher’s incredible run in Haas

Magnussen returned to Formula One after a long time and what a finish it was from him in the first race of the season. In a slow-paced Haas car, the racer completed a Viking’s return by finishing fifth. His junior partner Mick displayed an incredibly powerful performance by grabbing the 11th position ahead of several big names and big teams.

Alex Albon’s decent comeback

After staying away from the F1 paddocks for over a year because of inconsistency, Thailand’s Alex Albon made a comeback this year in F1 with team Williams. In the slow-paced British blue car, Alex Albon made a decent comeback by securing the 13th position. The youngster defended the two McLarens beautifully.

Last but not the least, McLaren’s first race was a sour grape, as both the racers (Lando and Ricciardo) could not secure a single point.

Rohit Chatterjee

An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Rohit Chatterjee is a bona fide moto-enthusiast who has worked with several media houses in his brief career. Chatterjee mostly writes features and news articles related to automobiles and motorsports. When not working, he is found on the interstate clocking over 100kmph on his NS200!
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