Lights out and… Alonso is the talk of the town

📰 Quick recap

Max Verstappen kicked off his world drivers’ championship title defense with a bang, winning the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix in dominant style. The Dutchman led from pole to flag, leaving no doubt as to who the man to beat was. Checo completed the one-two finish for Red Bull, proving they are still a force to be reckoned with in the constructors’ championship.

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso proved that age is just a number, rolling back the years to finish in P3 and secure his 99th podium finish in F1. He beat fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz, who had to settle for fourth place.

Unfortunately for Ferrari, the Bahrain Grand Prix was another disaster. Charles Leclerc, who was occupying P3 at the time, was forced to retire due to a massive car failure. This was a huge blow for the Monegasque driver and his team.

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Oh no, not again 😖

📻 “No power” sighs Leclerc – he’s out ❌

#BahrainGP #F1

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Mar 5, 2023

🏁 Post-race

‘Everything went wrong today’ says frustrated Ocon after being penalised three times and retiring early in Bahrain – Link

Mercedes have been taken ‘back to reality’ says Russell after P7 finish in Bahrain – Link

Alonso’s El Plan seems to be to get drivers to question their cars. Up to this point it works, Sainz does it too. – Link

Shots fired from Sergio Perez & Horner. ‘Nice to see three Red Bulls on podium’ Context: The Aston Martin AMR23 shares concept similarities to the double title-winning Red Bull RB18 of 2022. – Link

Ferrari order ‘full investigation’ after unexpected power unit problem for Charles Leclerc Pretty sure Mattia is enjoying a nice glass of Pinot Grigio in his winery with a big smirk on his face. – Link

How Red Bull’s unique strategy helped seal their dominant 1-2 in Bahrain – Link 

Nightmare McLaren debut weekend ends with DNF for Oscar PiastriLink

Charles Leclerc believes Ferrari were “exactly right” about their Red Bull predictions which is ominous news for their year ahead. – Link

Why did Ocon get so many penalties. It all started with the lineup for the start and it all went downhill from there – Link

F1 just posted a video on YouTube that makes up a great guide for beginners just starting to follow the sport. – Link

Alonso 🆚 Hamilton

From any angle, this was class 👌

#BahrainGP #F1

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Mar 6, 2023

📈 Standings chart

📅 Next Race

NEXT UP: 🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix, March 17-19th

🔥 Meme of the day

Alonso: Who crashed into me ?

AM Engineers:

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Mar 5, 2023