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Bahrain Grand Prix highlights – Paddock Magazine

Bahrain Grand Prix highlights - Paddock Magazine

The 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix took place on Sunday, March 5. Reigning (and back-to-back) Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen took first place by a comfortable margin, leading Sergio Pérez of Mexico by just under 12 seconds at the finish line.

Although Verstappen was born in Belgium, he competed under the Dutch flag. His parents, Jos and Sophie, were successful racers in their own right: his father competed in F1, while his mother was a champion at lower levels of the sport. His parents separated when he was young, and Verstappen lived with his father, who hails from the Netherlands. As such, he considers himself culturally Dutch.

The Middle Eastern circuit will continue in a couple of weeks. The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is next held at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit. It’s a night race, set to start at 8 pm local time on Sunday, March 19: 1 pm for viewers on the United States East Coast.

Verstappen won the race last year and is the overwhelming favourite to do it again, listed at or around -200 to win the 2023 race.

Odds can vary dramatically from sportsbook to sportsbook, especially in the rest of the field, so make sure to shop around at some of the best betting apps and find which lines could give you the biggest payoff.

A Look at Verstappen’s Greatness

The Red Bull driver is just 25 and well on his way to securing a place among racing’s all-time greats. Drivers don’t perform in a vacuum, of course: there wouldn’t be a Constructor’s Champion named each year if manufacturing didn’t play a massive role in creating a winner. Similarly, while drivers compete individually, racing is still a team sport. No racer would get far without their pit crew, making each champion the product of the sum of their parts.

Verstappen’s Red Bull crew deserves their laurels as a crucial part of his takeover of the sport. After their dominant showing at the Bahrain Grand Prix (Pèrez drives for Red Bull, too), British Mercedes driver George Russell suggested that the brand could run the table and win every F1 race this year, a feat never accomplished. Typically hope springs eternal as the season starts, as teams have the better part of a year to make up lost ground. It’s surprising that this isn’t the case, and it’s a testament to Red Bull’s dominance.

A Look at the Rest of the Field

The Bahrain Grand Prix wasn’t without controversy. Charles Leclerc of Monaco did not finish the race after engine trouble took his car out of the running…

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