• The Mercedes Formula 1 team had not considered leaving Bahrain as the winners.
• Max Verstappen dominated and outpaced Mercedes all weekend.
• The rest of the year might not be that lucky against the faster Red Bull.
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The Mercedes Formula One team departed last weekend's Bahrain as shocked winners. Outqualified and very nearly outraced, they have embarked on unlocking missing performance in the quest to reassert themselves against the clearly faster Red Bull.
Yet amidst the new climate of 2021's technical and financial restrictions, that may prove far trickier than in years prior.