Max Verstappen Wins 2024’s First Race with Sergio Perez Second

Max Verstappen showcased a masterclass in the Bahrain Grand Prix, leading from the off and taking the win; Sergio Perez secured a commendable second for a Red Bull 1-2, with Carlos Sainz eclipsing Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc for third.

Mark Phelan

By Mark Phelan
Updated on March 4, 2024

Race winner Max Verstappen 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix
Race winner Max Verstappen, 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix – Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool

In an impressive display of skill and strategy, Max Verstappen kicked off his Formula 1 world championship defence with a win, leading a Red Bull one-two finish alongside Sergio Perez at the 2024 Bahrain Grand Prix.

Verstappen, eyeing his fourth consecutive driver’s championship, maintained his lead over Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc right from the starting line, quickly establishing a lead at the Bahrain International Circuit that would remain unchallenged throughout the race.

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Commanding the track from start to finish, Verstappen not only clinched victory by a significant margin of 22 seconds ahead of Perez, who had an outstanding ascent from fifth to second but also earned an additional point for recording the fastest lap of the race.

Carlos Sainz, set to be succeeded by Lewis Hamilton at Ferrari next season, showcased his prowess by securing the last spot on the podium, outshining his teammate Charles Leclerc. Leclerc faced brake issues, which saw him fall from his initial second-place start, but he managed to recover to fourth after overtaking MercedesGeorge Russell in the closing stages.

Lando Norris defended his position against Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to finish sixth, while McLaren’s Oscar Piastri took eighth place. Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso and Lance Stroll finished in the top 10, marking a race where all 20 competitors crossed the finish line, demonstrating remarkable reliability across the board.

Verstappen’s victory in Bahrain extends his winning streak to eight races and reinforces the predictions of Red Bull’s continued dominance following a season where they won 21 out of 22 races. Despite this, the distinctive demands of the Sakhir circuit’s surface hint at potential competitiveness in the upcoming 2024 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix at the Jeddah street circuit, providing a glimmer of hope for Red Bull’s rivals.

2024 Bahrain Grand Prix Race Result

1) Max VerstappenRed Bull1:31:44.742
2) Sergio PerezRed Bull+22.457
3) Carlos SainzFerrari+25.110
4) Charles LeclercFerrari+39.669
5) George RussellMercedes+46.788
6) Lando NorrisMcLaren+48.458
7) Lewis HamiltonMercedes+50.324
8) Oscar PiastriMcLaren+56.082
9) Fernando AlonsoAston Martin+1:14.887
10) Lance StrollAston Martin+1:33.216
11) Zhou GuanyuSauber+1 lap
12) Kevin MagnussenHaas+1 lap
13) Daniel RicciardoRB+1 lap
14) Yuki TsunodaRB+1 lap
15) Alex AlbonWilliams+1 lap
16) Nico HulkenbergHaas+1 lap
17) Esteban OconAlpine+1 lap
18) Pierre GaslyAlpine+1 lap
19) Valtteri BottasSauber+1 lap
20) Logan SargeantWilliams+2 laps

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Mark Phelan
Mark Phelan

Mark is a staff writer specialising in the history of Formula 1 races. Mark researches most of our historic content from teams to drivers and races. He has followed Formula 1 since 1988, and admits to having a soft spot for British drivers from James Hunt and Nigel Mansell to Lando Norris. He loves a great F1 podcast and has read pretty much every drivers biography.

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