Podcast: Hamilton beats Verstappen in thrilling F1 2021 opener in Bahrain

Lewis Hamilton saw off Max Verstappen to claim victory in the 2021 Formula 1 opener in an enthralling Bahrain Grand Prix.

Podcast: Hamilton beats Verstappen in thrilling F1 2021 opener in Bahrain

A combination of an aggressive Mercedes strategy, pre-race tyre selections and some controversial track limit flashpoints resulted in Hamilton beating Verstappen by less than a second at the end of an epic race at the Bahrain International Circuit.

There were talking points aplenty, including the fight for victory between Mercedes and Red Bull, as the 2021 F1 season finally got underway with a mix of new and returning faces, plus rebranded teams to provide a fresh look to the grid this year.

PLUS: The calls that decided Hamilton and Verstappen's Bahrain battle

In the latest edition of The Autosport Podcast, host Ariana Bravo is joined by Technical Editor Jake Boxall-Legge, Motorsport Network Director of Digital Strategy Jess McFadyen and Motorsport.com’s F1 Editor Jonathan Noble to discuss all the action from Bahrain.

You can listen to the podcast using the player below, or by downloading via all good audio platforms including Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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