It has been over 100 days since last season ended in Abu Dhabi back in December but now with the new rules, this season is expected to deliver even more closer racing. The early indications are that the RedBulls and particularly the likes of Max Verstappen are going to be bringing the fight this year to Mercedes and our 7 times World Champ Lewis Hamilton.
For the first time Bahrain opens up the FIA Formula One race season, the scene of that truly horrific accident last year which saw The HAAS Car of Romain Grosjean burst into a ball of flames live on our TV screens.
Red Bull Racings Max Verstappen tops the Friday Free Practice Sessions 1 & 2.
Verstappen posted the fastest time in FP1 ahead of Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and then followed that up under the Bahrain floodlights into FP2 – The evening session with another fastest time ahead of McLaren’s Lando Norris.
amilton could only manage P4 in FP1 and P3 in FP2 from the seat of his Mercedes where he was unable to get within two-tenths of Verstappen’s Red Bull.