Racing Point Mexican racer Sergio Perez finished first at Grand Prix Sakhir on the evening of December 6.
Completing 87 laps with a time of 1 hour 31 minutes 15,114 seconds, Perez won the first F1 leg, this was also the first time that Racing Point team was named at number one. This result is a worthy reward for Racing Point’s outstanding progress and Perez’s incredible stability recently.
However, this victory also came from the absence of Lewis Hamilton, while Mercedes made a mistake in the tire replacement process.
“I hope I’m not dreaming because I’ve been striving for so many years to have this moment,” said Perez after finishing. “After 10 years of waiting, I didn’t know what to say. It was unbelievable, after starting, I thought the race was over again, but then I didn’t give up and slowly got back. We won the race deservedly. Mercedes had some problems but we had to use speed to keep Russell. “
Hamilton had Covid-19, so he was absent from the Grand Prix Sakhir, giving the race to George Russell – a young country talent from the Williams backyard team. It didn’t take long to adapt, Russell soon proved his prowess along with the powerful Mercedes. The British racer scored the best in two consecutive test runs on Friday, before taking second and only 0.026 seconds behind teammate Vallteri Bottas.
In the evening of December 6, Russell continued to show his ability when he immediately surpassed Bottas in the corner after starting. In the rear, a fierce chase between Perez and Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) caused a continuous collision on the track. Leclerc and Verstappen rushed to the sidelines, had to give up in the first round, safe cars soon appeared. Leclerc was fined three places to start on the next leg for reckless.