HAMILTON WINS IN BAHRAIN AFTER GROSJEAN INVOLVED IN HORROR CRASH
Lewis Hamilton has taken victory in Bahrain for his 95th career win as the Red Bull teammates Verstappen and Albon take second and third respectively. The race was around an hour longer than expected after a first lap crash involving car number eight the Haas of Romain Grosjean was speared into the barrier of which his car went straight through tearing his chassis in half and instantly bursting into flames a crash that he may not have walked away from if it had happened just a few years ago. We saw Grosjean getting out of his burning Haas it was a true testament to the work the FIA does year in and year out to make sure that Romain survived the crash. Grosjean escaped with burns to his hands and feet and possible cracked ribs.
The drivers made it to T3 before the red flag was deployed for Grosjean's crash. In that time Norris (McLaren) damaged his front wing with Perez (Racing Point) taking third off the start with the Mercedes of the unlucky Bottas dropping back to sixth place.
The race was red flagged for around an hour. The first red flag not only at the Bahrain Grand Prix but also the first at a Formula One night race.
When the race restarted with a standing start the drivers made it to turn nine before the Safety Car was deployed after a collision between the Racing Point of Lance Stroll and Kvyat in his Alpha Tauri caused Stroll to roll over and the Canadian driver was left hanging upside down momentarily. The race then finally got back underway on lap eight.
Nothing much happened between lap eight and 53 with the pit stops taking place and some nice looking overtakes it wasn't until lap 54 when third placed Sergio Perez (Racing Point) began billowing smoke from the back of his car - leaving him no option but to pull over handing a second career podium to Alex Albon (Red Bull).
This brought out the Safety Car which meant that with only three laps left in the race the race was finished under yellow flag conditions.
The next race is the Sakhir Grand Prix.