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Bahrain Grand Prix
Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
Race: Podium
1
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
Nationality
2
Max Verstappen Red Bull
Nationality
3
Alexander Albon Red Bull
Nationality
4
Lando Norris McLaren
Nationality
Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir RACE TRACK, 29 Nov 2020
Winner
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes

LIVE | 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain.
Sebastian Vettel driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF90 on track during the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain.
Lars Baron
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28 Nov 2020

There are 9:10 remaining on the clock. Still enough time for teams to set at least two timed laps on fresh tyres.

28 Nov 2020

The session resumes, but no everyone is heading out on track immediately.

28 Nov 2020

Lando Norris, Max Verstappen, Alex Albon, and Sergio Perez are the only drivers out on track. Hamilton and Bottas join them.

28 Nov 2020

How different things were a year ago: Ferrari topped every Practice and Qualifying session in 2019.

28 Nov 2020

Esteban Ocon is out on track, but is 0.4sec off Hamilton's pace.

28 Nov 2020

Ocon goes seventh fastest: 1.3sec off Hamilton's time.

28 Nov 2020

Both Ferrari drivers eliminated at the end of Q2. Vettel starts in 11th place and Leclerc in 12th. They are 1.5sec off the pace.

28 Nov 2020

The third and final qualifying session is underway. It is Lando Norris who's leading the drivers around the track.

28 Nov 2020

Norris sets a 1:29.029. He is the fastest so far.

28 Nov 2020

Lewis Hamilton goes fastest, with Verstappen just 0.146sec off his pace.

28 Nov 2020

The final four minutes of qualifying is upon us. Can Hamilton take a record 98th pole position in F1?

28 Nov 2020

Hamilton sets a 1:27.264 - A new track record!

28 Nov 2020

It's a Mercedes front-row lockout! Hamilton from Bottas, with Verstappen in third.

28 Nov 2020

Thank you for joining us. See you tomorrow for the race.

29 Nov 2020

Hallo and welcome back for our live coverage of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

29 Nov 2020

And we're away!

29 Nov 2020

DRAMA!

29 Nov 2020

No update on Grosjean's condition.

29 Nov 2020

UPDATE: Romain Grosjean is okay. He is in the medical car and fully respondent.

29 Nov 2020

The race is still red flagged, but Grosjean is okay. He is limping and a bit uncomfortable.

29 Nov 2020

And we're ready for the race to restart!

29 Nov 2020

In case you missed it...
In case you missed it...
SA race car driver Alan van der Merwe part of crew that rescued Romain Grosjean from fiery F1 wreck

29 Nov 2020

In case you missed it...
In case you missed it...
SA race car driver Alan van der Merwe part of crew that rescued Romain Grosjean from fiery F1 wreck

29 Nov 2020

And we're off! It's Hamilton leading from Verstappen, Perez, and Bottas!

29 Nov 2020

29 Nov 2020

Lance Stroll's F1 car flips over after contact with Daniil Kvyat.

29 Nov 2020

The drivers are still making their way around the track behind the safety car. Marshalls should clear Stroll's car within the next few minutes.

29 Nov 2020

Safety car ending this lap. 

29 Nov 2020

The restart happened without any drama, but Ricciardo locks up which allows Sainz to pass him.

29 Nov 2020

George Russell is currently running in 12th place. He passed Latifi and Raikkonen since the restart.

29 Nov 2020

Vettel has locked up in two consecutive corners. Did this allow Bottas to close the gap?

29 Nov 2020

WHAT A PASS! Carlos Sainz overtakes his 2021 Ferrari team mate, Charles Leclerc.

29 Nov 2020

Leclerc loses two places as both Sainz and Ricciardo passes him. He might be a sitting duck as Gasly looks ready to attempt a pass.

29 Nov 2020

Gasly passes Leclerc. The driver is now down in 10th place.

29 Nov 2020

Sebastian Vettel is down in last place. 18 runners remain in the race.

29 Nov 2020

Hamilton comes into the pits and Verstappen takes control of the race. Hamilton rejoins the race in third, behind Verstappen and Perez.

29 Nov 2020

Hamilton is leading the race again from Verstappen and Gasly. Gasly is yet to pit, which should see Perez retake third place.

29 Nov 2020

Perez passes Gasly on the main straight to take third place behind Hamilton and Verstappen.

29 Nov 2020

Lando Norris passes Valtteri Bottas for sixth place. Mercedes decided to extent Bottas' stint on this set of tyres.

29 Nov 2020

Sainz is closing up on the two Renaults and passes Daniel Ricciardo. He is making inroads to Esteban Ocon now.

29 Nov 2020

Carlos Sainz pits and rejoins the race ahead of Ricciardo.

29 Nov 2020

Vettel is down in 15th after passing the Haas of Kevin Magnussen.

29 Nov 2020

Three laps remaining and Hamilton leads Verstappen by 19 seconds.

29 Nov 2020

Perez's engine just blew! He will retire from the race.

29 Nov 2020

Two laps remaining and the race is likely to end behind the safety car.

29 Nov 2020

Lewis Hamilton wins the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix.
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Driver
Team
Time
Gap
Laps
1
Nationality
Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes
2:37.664
1:34:01.829
57
2
Nationality
Max Verstappen
Red Bull
2:26.689
1.254
57
3
Nationality
Alexander Albon
Red Bull
2:15.114
8.005
57
4
Nationality
Lando Norris
McLaren
2:07.016
11.337
57
5
Nationality
Carlos Sainz
McLaren
2:02.091
11.787
57
6
Nationality
Pierre Gasly
AlphaTauri
1:48.630
11.942
57
7
Nationality
Daniel Ricciardo
Renault
1:53.662
19.368
57
8
Nationality
Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes
1:47.789
19.680
57
9
Nationality
Esteban Ocon
Renault
1:47.307
22.803
57
10
Nationality
Charles Leclerc
Ferrari
2:37.018
1 LAP
56
11
Nationality
Daniil Kvyat
AlphaTauri
2:25.637
1 LAP
56
12
Nationality
George Russell
Williams
2:25.519
1 LAP
56
13
Nationality
Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari
2:15.846
1 LAP
56
14
Nationality
Nicholas Latifi
Williams
2:14.922
1 LAP
56
15
Nationality
Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo Racing
2:15.110
91.988
56
16
Nationality
Antonio Giovin...
Alfa Romeo Racing
2:14.889
1 LAP
56
17
Nationality
Kevin Magnussen
Haas
1:48.324
93.475
56
R
Nationality
Romain Grosjean
Haas
RETIRED
56 LAPS
0
R
Nationality
Lance Stroll
Racing Point
RETIRED
54 LAPS
2
R
Nationality
Sergio Perez
Racing Point
RETIRED
3 LAPS
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29 Nov 2020

Coverage of it will begin right here on Friday for FP1, and continue throughout the weekend. Join us then, and in the meantime, get that Christmas shopping started, put the decorations up, and show Romain some love on social media. Thanks, and see you soo

29 Nov 2020

We're staying in Bahrain for it, but thankfully, it will take place on the outer-track layout. With just four *proper* corners and laps expected to be sub-minute, it's certainly going to be a race like no other.

29 Nov 2020

We're quickly approaching the end of the season, with just two races now remaining, and the next of them is in just a week's time.

29 Nov 2020

In the nicest moment of the weekend, the Haas man has officially been voted as Driver of the Day.

29 Nov 2020

Well, that wasn't the most exciting race, but after Grosjean's crash at the start, I think we can all just be glad that everyone has come away from it largely unscathed. Incidents like that really do put things into perspective.

29 Nov 2020

The final result of the Bahrain Grand Prix: P1 Hamilton, P2 Verstappen, P3 Albon, P4 Norris, P5 Sainz, P6 Gasly, P7 Ricciardo, P8 Bottas, P9 Ocon, P10 Leclerc, P11 Kvyat, P12 Russell, P13 Vettel, P14 Latifi, P15 Raikkonen, P16 Giovinazzi, P17 Magnussen.

29 Nov 2020

Ocon and Leclerc complete the top 10.

29 Nov 2020

Ricciardo finishes in P7 just ahead of Bottas, who is now has Verstappen breathing down his neck in the standings.

29 Nov 2020

Norris and Sainz take P4 and P5 to bump McLaren up to P3 in the standings, while Gasly, largely thanks to that Safety Car, holds on to P6.

29 Nov 2020

Verstappen and Albon follow him home under the Safety Car to give Red bull their first double-podium of the season.

29 Nov 2020

Lewis Hamilton crosses the line to win the Bahrain Grand Prix!

29 Nov 2020

That will have huge repercussions in the fight for P3 in the Constructors' Championship. Not only will Racing Point score no points, but McLaren will finish in P4 and P5.

29 Nov 2020

That DNF bumps Albon up to P3. He'll take his second podium of the year and his career.

29 Nov 2020

The Safety Car is out, and the race will probably finish under it.

29 Nov 2020

He's now pulled over with the rear of his car on fire. He's out of the car okay, but also out of the race. What a shame.

29 Nov 2020

Problems for Perez! Smoke is pouring out of the back of his car.

29 Nov 2020

Grosjean is leading the Driver of the Day vote. Well done, F1 fans.

29 Nov 2020

Sainz has passed him. Ricciardo is the next man who will try to do so.

29 Nov 2020

Gasly has gone longer than anyone on his tyres. He's currently P6 and is trying to make it to the end on his 25-lap old hard tyres.

29 Nov 2020

Seven laps to go.

29 Nov 2020

Albon meanwhile is six seconds behind Perez and not catching. The Mexican looks set to take his second podium in a row.

29 Nov 2020

Verstappen pits. He had a free stop, so it was a case of "why not?" for Red Bull.

29 Nov 2020

Albon says his rear tyres are "gone."

29 Nov 2020

It looks like, after the success in Turkey, today will bring Ferrari crashing back down to earth. Leclerc is P11 and Vettel P15.

29 Nov 2020

Perez and Albon have cleared the traffic and are back in P3 and P4. 2.8 seconds between them.

29 Nov 2020

Perez stays ahead of Albon after putting on hards. He's on track for a podium.

29 Nov 2020

Pulling off the undercut was the only chance Verstappen had of getting ahead of Hamilton. That poor stop may have just ended the fight for the win.

29 Nov 2020

Mercedes respond, bringing Hamilton in. He also puts on hards and comes out still in the lead.

29 Nov 2020

Albon also comes in, meaning the Dutchman rejoins in P3.

29 Nov 2020

Verstappen pits for hards but it's a poor stop, lasting just over five seconds.

29 Nov 2020

Bottas passes Leclerc at Turn 1. He's up to P10.

29 Nov 2020

It's more and more likely that Perez and Albon will battle it out for the final podium spot. Helmut Marko will be watching very closely...

29 Nov 2020

The Frenchman obeys team orders and lets Ricciardo through.

29 Nov 2020

Not for long, as he passes Ocon at Turn 1.

29 Nov 2020

Sainz re-takes P7 from Ricciardo. He's now in a Renault sandwich.

29 Nov 2020

He does so now, rejoining in P14.

29 Nov 2020

Norris passes Bottas at Turn 1 to take P6. The Finn still hasn't pitted.

29 Nov 2020

Sainz pits and rejoins behind Ricciardo. The Aussie executed the undercut perfectly.

29 Nov 2020

Verstappen and Perez both pit for the hard tyre. Interesting...

29 Nov 2020

Albon does the same.

29 Nov 2020

Hamilton puts while leading by 4.5 seconds. He puts on mediums.

29 Nov 2020

Both Renaults cruise past Vettel.

29 Nov 2020

Ocon follows suit, but puts on mediums instead.

29 Nov 2020

Ricciardo the first man in the top 10 to blink and pit. He puts on hard tyres.

29 Nov 2020

Hamilton is pulling away from Verstappen now. He's 2.6 seconds clear.

29 Nov 2020

Vette: "Ok, this is undriveable."

29 Nov 2020

Kvyat has a 10-second penalty for his incident with Stroll.

29 Nov 2020

Gasly now passes Leclerc, while Vettel has dropped down to last. Not going too well for the Italian team so far...

29 Nov 2020

Sainz dives down the inside at Turn 1 to take P7 from Leclerc. The Ferrari is then passed by Ricciardo soon after.

29 Nov 2020

Verstappen says his car is jumping around like a kangaroo. He's currently 1.4 seconds behind Hamilton.

29 Nov 2020

DRS has now been enabled, so we should some more action.

29 Nov 2020

Bottas has stayed in P16.

29 Nov 2020

Leclerc almost takes P6 from Ocon but the Renault fights him off.

29 Nov 2020

No movement at the front at the restart.

29 Nov 2020

We're finally getting some, hopefully. The SC is coming in.

29 Nov 2020

Almost two hours after the start of the race and we've yet to have a full lap under racing conditions...

29 Nov 2020

Vettel is furious with Leclerc after the Monegasque squeezed him tight at the restart, Austria all over again, the German says. He's down in P15.

29 Nov 2020

Bottas has a puncture and comes in to pit, rejoining in P16.

29 Nov 2020

He's out of the car and fine. He got flipped over after his rear wheel and Kvyat's front-wheel touched.

29 Nov 2020

Safety Car! Stroll has flipped and is upside down.

29 Nov 2020

Albon briefly takes P4 before Bottas re-passes the Red Bull.

29 Nov 2020

And we're back underway! The front three all get away well and hold station.

29 Nov 2020

They're making their way to the grid. Here we go again...

29 Nov 2020

The order will be how things were at the end of the second Safety Car line on Lap 1, bumping Bottas up to P4.

29 Nov 2020

It's going to be a standing start.

29 Nov 2020

The race will restart in 10 minutes.

29 Nov 2020

No restart time has been given yet, but drivers are making their way back to the pit-lane.

29 Nov 2020

The remains of the burnt and beaten Haas are being removed and decent progress is being made on the barrier repairs.

29 Nov 2020

The growing consensus is that the halo effectively saved Grosjean's life, in case you're somehow still against it...

29 Nov 2020

Hamilton: "I'm so grateful Romain is safe. The risk we take is no joke... Thankful to the FIA for the massive strides we've taken for Romain to walk away from that safely. "

29 Nov 2020

Haas have now said that the Frenchman is on his way to the hospital with minor burns to his hands and legs, and suspected broken ribs.

29 Nov 2020

The safety marshalls at the track deserve a round of applause. They were helping Grosjean out of the car and putting the fires out so quickly.

29 Nov 2020

There will be a delay of 45 minutes at the least.

29 Nov 2020

The fact that Grosjean walked away from that is a testament to the work done to make this sport safer. As recently as five years ago, he might not have done.

29 Nov 2020

Unsurprisingly, the barrier he hit is absolutely destroyed, so this will be a lengthy stoppage.

29 Nov 2020

The whole grid is shell-shocked, and they've all applauded after seeing images of him out of the car.

29 Nov 2020

Replays have now been shown and Grosjean's car literally broke in half as it flew through the barriers before being engulfed in flames. It's a miracle that he climbed out.

29 Nov 2020

Elsewhere at the start, Verstappen moved up to P2 and Perez P3, with Bottas down in P6.

29 Nov 2020

Grosjean is now being helped into the back of the ambulance. Still no replays of the incident, or what caused the huge explosion.

29 Nov 2020

The cars are now all back in the pit-lane and out of their cars while the track is cleared.

29 Nov 2020

He's out of the car and okay, thank God. That was a scary one.

29 Nov 2020

It looks like it was Grosjean. Hopefully, he's okay.

29 Nov 2020

Red Flag! A car goes into the barrier and a sets alight with a huge burst of flames.

29 Nov 2020

And we're off! Hamilton flies off the line but Bottas bogs down and loses four places!

29 Nov 2020

The formation lap is underway... Strap in.

29 Nov 2020

In terms of the World Championship standings, the battles to keep an eye on today are those for P3 in the Constructors' Championship and P4 in the Driver's Championship. Basically, don't take your eyes off the midfield.

29 Nov 2020

The sun has well and truly set, and cars are starting to twinkle under the floodlights. Expect some sparks tonight. Literally.

29 Nov 2020

The national anthem has been played and drivers are getting into their cars. Just over 10 minutes until lights out.

29 Nov 2020

Another man to keep an eye on is Sebastian Vettel. The German out-qualified his team-mate for the second race weekend in a row yesterday and starts the race as the first of those to have a free choice of tyres. If he can get his strategy right, which ad

29 Nov 2020

This could provide Verstappen with an opportunity to take the fight to Mercedes, as he has an extra set of hards available to use. Bearing that in mind, it would perhaps be wise if he was to hold back and manage his tyres a little at the start, but we can

29 Nov 2020

One of the big talking points of the weekend so far has been tyres. Degradation has been high on the soft tyre in particular, which looks like it won't last long at all. Given this, expect to see plenty of two-stop races.

29 Nov 2020

The full starting grid: P1 Hamilton, P2 Bottas, P3 Verstappen, P4 Albon, P5 Perez, P6 Ricciardo, P7 Ocon, P8 Gasly, P9 Norris, P10 Kvyat, P11 Vettel, P12 Leclerc, P13 Stroll, P14 Russell, P15 Sainz, P16 Giovinazzi, P17 Raikkonen, P18 Magnussen, P19 Grosj

29 Nov 2020

With one Racing Point and two Renaults ahead of him, and his team-mate starting back in P15, Lando Norris carries McLaren's hopes of taking P3 in the Constructors' Championship on his shoulders. His aim will be to finish ahead of each of his rivals, but

29 Nov 2020

Esteban Ocon pushed Daniel Ricciardo closer than ever, but the Aussie prevailed yet again in their team-mate battle, going two-thousandths of a second quicker. If they're that close in the race, it would provide us with some great racing, and Cyril Abiteb

29 Nov 2020

Alex Albon would have had mixed feelings after qualifying. While he did manage to do what was expected of him and take P4, he was over half a second slower than his team-mate. With Sergio Perez, the man after his seat, starting just behind him, he needs

29 Nov 2020

Lewis Hamilton may have headed into this weekend with title number seven wrapped up, but he quickly made it clear that doesn't mean he'll start to take it easy. The Brit cruised to pole position, going three tenths quicker than Valtteri Bottas, who held

29 Nov 2020

There's just over an hour until the race gets underway, but before we look ahead to that, here's what happened yesterday...

29 Nov 2020

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Driver Standings
#
Driver
Points
1
Max Verstappen Red Bull
351
2
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
343
3
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
203
4
Sergio Perez Red Bull
190
5
Lando Norris McLaren
153
Team Standings
#
Team
Points
1
Mercedes
546
2
Red Bull
541
3
Ferrari
297
Season Results
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