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Max Verstappen has won a race and is just eight points behind Lewis Hamilton in the Formula 1 points after three races, with 20 still scheduled. There’s a massive part of the season to go and Verstappen has been quick enough to challenge at every race. So it would be crazy to think that he and Red Bull have blown their big chance to beat Mercedes. Läs mer
The Mercedes-Red Bull fight for the Formula 1 title is not just taking place on track. We have a little bit of psychological warfare as well.
Two races in, one win each for Mercedes and Red Bull in the championship fight, one point separating Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, and already we have little barbs being thrown around. Christian Horner stressed how lucky Lewis Hamilton was in Italy and Toto Wolff has now said ahead of Portugal that Red Bull gave Mercedes a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card for not making the most of their opportunities in the first two races. Läs mer
Sunday’s race was so dramatic and filled with so many big talking points that it was just a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable grand prix, and a sign of the exciting future Formula 1 is moving into.
At one stage, there was so much happening that we’d probably all forgotten Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton went wheel-to-wheel for the race lead – and championship lead! – at the first corner and even made light contact. The Hamilton-Verstappen fight is so evenly matched and the score’s now 1-1 in this amazing battle for the world championship. Mercedes stole the win in Bahrain. Red Bull pinched this one. F1 is so, so much better for this. Läs mer
It’s unusual to be a few weeks into the season and we’re only going to the second venue of the year. It’s going to be really interesting to see how Mercedes and Red Bull stack up at a circuit that isn’t Bahrain.
Imola is a very different proposition to Sakhir. It’s a less abrasive but high speed circuit that’s not as rear limited and less traction dependent. But in some ways, it could be a big indicator of how bad Mercedes problems are and whether Red Bull is really in front, given this will be less about rear instability and more about high-speed cornering performance, which is something Mercedes fears it’s lacking. Läs mer