Another dramatic race ensued in Bahrain, this time on the outer circuit at the Sakir GP where Sergio Perez claimed his maiden win in F1.
Perez won his first GP at the 190th try, but he did not see the win coming when he dropped to the back of the grid after a collision with Charles Leclerq and we were all expecting another driver to get his first win.
George Russell had a commanding league of the race from the start as he overtook pole-sitter, Valteri Bottas, at the first corner.
A late safety car on lap 61 brought both Mercedes cars in for a precautionary stop as Perez was 41 secs behind in 3rd place.
Mercedes stacked both drivers which Bottas suffered for sitting in the pit box for 20 + seconds as the mechanics scrambled for tyres.
Russell then got called back into the pits as Mercedes had fitted the wrong front tyres which were meant for Bottas. This dropped Russell to 5th.
With only 5 laps gone, Russell had moved into 2nd place and was chasing down the Racing Point of Sergio Perez.
In a heartbreaking twist, Russell had a slow puncture and had to pit for the fourth time, which dropped him almost to the back of the grid.
Russell said “I’ve had races where I’ve had victories taken away from me, but twice? I just couldn’t believe it. I gave it everything I had.”
Perez went on to claim his first win and is the first Mexican to win a GP since 1970.
A really superb drive from the Mexican, who pitted on the first lap for the medium tyres and managed his tyres for 46 laps.
This is the first win for Racing Point since 2003 when they were known as Jordan.
Esteban Ocon earned his first podium for Renault and was in tears after the race. Carlos Sainz had another great race to finish 4th to continue his good form.
In another surprise in another dramatic race, none of the sports ‘big 3’ finished in the top 5.