How Red Bull seized F1 2021's testing narrative, as Mercedes' bulletproof image shatters
Red Bull logged the most laps and topped the timesheets after the first day of Formula 1's Bahrain pre-season test as Mercedes had a disappointing start. Drawing early conclusions is always a dangerous game, but plenty of insight can still be gleaned
Formula 1 is back – but the first day of 2021 pre-season testing at Bahrain proved to be a little different than the recent entries in the historical formbook.
For a start, the test is being held in the Middle East and not the usual Barcelona venue as a result of the 2021 calendar starting in Bahrain thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic’s continued impact on regular sporting schedules. But there is some merit to the argument for a track in this region to always host pre-season testing given the sometimes unpredictable weather in Europe at this time of year.
George Russell and Valtteri Bottas' collision at Imola on Sunday prompted fury in the Formula 1 paddock. But Russell's carefully-worded heartfelt statement later, acknowledging that his initial response was wrong, proved the right move
In Max Verstappen's Formula 1 career to date, he has been cast as the 'pretender', an acknowledged top-line performer without the car to regularly challenge Lewis Hamilton. But that no longer applies in 2021, and the start to the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix was the most telling signal yet of what we can expect from their duel this year
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Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments
Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences
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