Two years after engine troubles cost him the Bahrain Grand Prix by only three laps, Charles Leclerc has found redemption in Sakhir.
He won the Formula 1 season opening grand prix and led every lap in the process.
Leclerc’s Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz followed him home in second place, with Lewis Hamilton rounding out the podium after both Red Bulls suffered engine failures in the closing laps
George Russell crossed the line in fourth place, while Kevin Magnussen placed his Haas in fifth place, recording the team’s first points since the 2020 Eifel Grand Prix.
The victory was an understandably emotional event after the fortune Ferrari had endured since 2020.
“So happy. I mean, I keep repeating myself, but the last two years have been incredibly difficult for the team,” Leclerc said. “We knew this was going to be a big opportunity for the team, and the guys have done such an incredible job building this amazing car.
“It’s starting in the best way possible: pole position, victory, fastest lap, 1-2 today with Carlos. We couldn’t hope for better.”
The Ferrari’s superior pace was evident as soon as the lights went out. Leclerc went unchallenged by Max Verstappen off the line, while Sainz maintained his third place spot through the opening leg of the race.