Few might have predicted the end result of the action-packed Sakhir GP as Sergio Perez took his maiden F1 win, benefitting from Mercedes’ pit cease error. Esteban Ocon secured his maiden F1 podium in 2nd place, whereas Lance Stroll completed 3rd handy Racing Point a double podium end.
- Perez takes first-ever F1 win after 190 begins
- Russell finishes 9th after late race puncture
- Ocon and Stroll full the rostrum
Mercedes’ Sakhir GP pit drama
Along with Perez’ victory, the Sakhir GP will maybe be remembered as the day the often well-oiled Mercedes dropped the ball. George Russell, who was standing in for Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes after the world champion examined constructive for COVID-19, dived down the within of Valtteri Bottas to take the lead at first.
He held a snug lead over Bottas for almost all of the race. Given their sizeable benefit, Mercedes opted to pit each drivers for contemporary tyres below the late Safety Car – one thing that ended up being their undoing. Radio miscommunication resulted in Russell’s Mercedes being fitted with Bottas’ entrance tyres. Russell was compelled to pit once more to repair the error, whereas Bottas needed to proceed operating on his outdated laborious tyres.
Russell shortly carved his manner by the pack after re-joining the race in 5th place. Just when it appeared like he might be scoring a outstanding maiden win, he suffered a puncture. As some comfort, he did rating his first-ever factors in F1 after crossing the road behind his teammate, Bottas in ninth place. Nevertheless, the race proved to be a profitable Mercedes debut for Russell, who confirmed off his potential to be a future star for the Silver Arrows.
Perez secures maiden F1 win
All of this drama handed Perez the lead – a outstanding feat contemplating he was operating final on the finish of lap 1 after being concerned in an incident that took out each Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen. The Mexican driver staged a superb comeback drive to place himself in prime place to profit from Mercedes’ woes. From there on, he loved a easy run to an unbelievable maiden win, only one week after an MGU-Ok failure robbed him of a podium end within the 2020 Bahrain GP.
“I’m a bit speechless. I hope I’m not dreaming you know because I dreamed so many years of being in this moment. Ten years, ten years it took me,” stated an emotional Perez, who with 190 begins has set the report for the longest look forward to a maiden F1 win.
“After the first lap the race was again gone, same as last weekend. But it was all about not giving up, recovering, going for it, just making the best of what you possibly could. This season the luck hasn’t been with us, but we finally got it. I think today we were on merit. Yes, the Mercs had some issues but in the end my pace was strong enough to hold George – who did a fantastic race today,” he continued.
Perez’ future in F1 remains to be unsure, with Red Bull being his solely practical choice on the 2021 F1 grid.
Ocon scores first F1 podium
Renault’s Esteban Ocon additionally had an emotional response to his stunning 2nd place end result. It’s been an extended street again to F1 for the French driver after he was compelled out of Racing Point on the finish of 2018. Adding to that, he’s been largely outperformed by teammate Daniel Ricciardo this yr, making his first F1 podium even sweeter. “I really enjoyed that race and all the emotions that came when I crossed the line – unbelievable,” stated Ocon.
“I never cry for anything, but I tell you today, the tears they came and they came for a good reason, so I’m really happy.”
Lance Stroll crossed the road in 3rd place to safe a double podium for Racing Point. This helps the workforce leap again to 3rd place general within the constructors’ championship.
McLaren’s Carlos Sainz needed to accept 4th place, forward of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo and Red Bull’s Alex Albon. Daniil Kvyat scored a strong 7th place end result for AlphaTauri, whereas McLaren’s Lando Norris took the final factors scoring place with a 10th place end.
The groups will now head to Abu Dhabi this weekend for the finale of the 2020 F1 season. Leclerc shall be beginning the race with a three-place grid drop as a result of his opening-lap crash.
2020 Sakhir GP outcomes
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