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Lewis Hamilton wins the Bahrain Grand Prix
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Lewis Hamilton Credit: Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, beating Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who put him under immense pressure. Hamilton's celebrated his 96th win in Formula 1.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas finished third as Mercedes got a double podium finish once again. Lando Norris was fourth for McLaren ahead of Sergio Perez, who had started from the pit lane in the second Red Bull, Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and Daniel Ricciardo, of McLaren.

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Max Verstappen clinches pole position for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen Credit: Twitter Reproduction

Red Bull's Max Verstappen secured the pole position for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the first pole for the team this season.

Valtteri Bottas followed Verstappen with Lewis Hamilton third. McLaren's Lando Norris is fourth ahead of Red Bull's Alex Albon.

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Lewis Hamilton with Covid symptoms confirmed
Lewis Hamilton with Covid symptoms confirmed
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Following the Formula 1 Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain, where he tested negative each day, the driver woke up on Monday with mild symptoms of Covid-19 and tested positive for the coronavirus. Hamilton will now miss at least one of the few remaining Grand Prix of the year. A replacement driver for the next race is yet to be confirmed.

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Hamilton wins Bahrain GP as Grosjean survives stunning crash and burn
Hamilton wins Bahrain GP as Grosjean survives stunning crash and burn
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In another eventful afternoon in F1, Romain Grosjean managed to escape his burning Haas F1 car after cutting through a trackside barrier that tore his car in half. The much delayed race restart was marked by yet another crash, leaving Lance Stroll upside down in his Racing Point car.

Later in the race, Sergio Perez managed to drive up to third position, until an engine issue forced him to retire with 3 laps to go. The race was forced to end with the safety car on track, and Alex Albon took the third place behind his team mate Max Verstappen. McLaren's Norris and Sainz took 4th and 5th place respectively, bringing the team back to 3rd place in the constructor's championship.

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Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for Bahrain Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton Credit: Steve Etherington for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd.

Hamilton, who celebrated his seventh title two weeks ago, had a comfortable 0.289 seconds lead to Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas and collected the 98th pole of his Formula 1 career.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon were third and fourth, with Sergio Perez in the fifth position.

Renault's Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon were sixth and seventh, separated by just 0.002secs, ahead of Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly and McLaren's Lando Norris.

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F1: Hamilton matches Schumacher record 91 race wins; Ricciardo reaches podium with Renault
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton Credit: Twitter Reproduction

With another solid performance at Nürburgring, Hamilton overtook Bottas, who eventually retired with power issues. Mick Schumacher, himself currently a championship leader in F2, surprised Hamilton with the gift of one of his celebrated father's helmets after the race.

Verstappen took 2nd place and the fastest lap, however Ricciardo's 3rd place was even more celebrated in the paddock as it awarded Renault their first podium in years, which Ricciardo had vowed to achieve before his move to McLaren next season.

The Racing Point team also had reasons to celebrate as they rose to 3rd in the season standings behind Red Bull, following strong performances from drivers Perez and Hülkenberg, the latter having replaced Stroll at the last minute for this weekend's event.

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F1: Bottas wins Austrian GP plagued by technical failures
F1: Bottas wins Austrian GP plagued by technical failures
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Bottas, Leclerc and Norris took the podium this afternoon with outstanding performances. Several cars proved unreliable at the first race of the season, allowing Leclerc and Norris to climb up the ranks during the race. Lando Norris achieved the fastest lap at the very end of the race in a McLaren car to take the first podium of his career.

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F1 seat dance heats up with Sainz moving to Ferrari and Ricciardo to McLaren in 2021

Following the announcement of 4-time world champion Sebastian Vettel leaving Ferrari by the end of the 2020 season, the Ferrari and McLaren Formula 1 teams have now announced hiring Carlos Sainz and Daniel Ricciardo for their 2021 vacant seats. The Renault F1 team is now looking for a replacement for Ricciardo at the end of the current season, with the return of Nico Hulkenberg rumoured to be a possibility.

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Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix cancelled after McLaren team member tests positive for Covid-19

Following the withdrawal of the McLaren Racing team from the Australian Grand Prix, after a team member was tested positive for the coronavirus and isolated, the Grand Prix race was canceled. The team principles discussed the situation and they "concluded with a majority view of the teams that the race should not go ahead."

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McLaren Racing withdraws from the Formula1 Australian Grand Prix

After a team member of McLaren got tested positively for Covid-19 the team decided to withdraw from the Grand Prix. The team member went into self-isolation as soon as they started to show symptoms and is now being treated by local health authorities.