Good afternoon and welcome to this live blog on NU.nl. My name is Patrick Moeke and I will keep you informed of all developments regarding the Bahrain Grand Prix. Lots of fun!

  • Verstappen second
  • Hamilton leads
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36 more rounds – Verstappen is a full second faster than Hamilton on the last lap. The difference between the two drivers is only four seconds.

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37 more rounds – Pérez makes his second pit stop and switches to hard. He will try to finish the race. The score:

  1. Hamilton
  2. Verstappen
  3. Bottas
  4. Norris
  5. Leclerc
  6. Ricciardo
  7. Stroll
  8. Vettel
  9. Alonso
  10. Sainz

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28 more rounds – Verstappen has problems with the back of his car. “In some corners I have no grip at all.”

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39 more rounds – Pit stop Max Verstappen! The Dutchman returns to the track seven seconds behind Hamilton and therefore gives the lead to the Briton.

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40 more rounds – Bottas makes his pit stop and comes back on track behind Sergio Pérez, who has already made an early pit stop. Verstappen is two seconds slower than Hamilton on the last lap.

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41 more rounds – Hamilton is three seconds faster than Verstappen in the last lap.

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41 more rounds – Hamilton is only twenty seconds behind Verstappen. If the Limburger were to make a pit stop now, he would probably come back on track behind Hamilton.

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43 more rounds – Verstappen is 22 seconds ahead of Hamilton. The Briton is by far the fastest driver on the track on his new tires.

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44 more rounds – Hamilton is now also making his pit stop! The Briton tries a so-called undercut on Verstappen. When will the Red Bull driver enter the pits?

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45 more rounds – Fernando Alonso is the first driver to make a regular pit stop. The Spaniard changes to the medium band and falls back to seventeenth place.

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46 more rounds – Pérez also outwits Ocon and climbs to P12.

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48 more rounds – Leader Verstappen slowly but surely leaves Hamilton. The Dutchman is 1.8 seconds ahead of the seven-time world champion.

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49 more rounds – After Pérez came to a standstill in the warm-up lap, the Mexican is now catching up. The Red Bull driver is in thirteenth place.

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50 more rounds – Fastest lap time Max Verstappen. With 1.35.902, the Red Bull driver is two tenths faster than Hamilton.

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51 more rounds – Bottas outsmarts Leclerc and climbs to third place. The score:

  1. Verstappen
  2. Hamilton
  3. Bottas
  4. Leclerc
  5. Norris
  6. Ricciardo
  7. Alonso
  8. Stroll
  9. Sainz
  10. Giovinazzi

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52 more rounds – Verstappen is not happy. “We have a serious problem, so make sure you find it,” said the leading Dutchman.

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GREEN – The track has been cleared and the race will resume.

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Virtual safetycar – Gasly loses his front wing and leaves debris on the track. The virtual safety car neutralizes the race.

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RESTART – Verstappen, Hamilton and Leclerc drive three thick to the first corner, but all drivers keep their positions! Verstappen remains first, Hamilton second and Lecerc third.

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54 more rounds – The safety car comes in at the end of this lap.

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54 more rounds – No problem Verstappen. “Everything is under control,” Red Bull told the Dutchman.

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54 more rounds – Problem at Verstappen? The Dutchman reports that he feels a bit strange with his accelerator?

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SAFETYCAR – The safety car neutralizes the race. Mazepin has been shot off the track and sees his first Grand Prix come to an end.

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START – A Hare is shooting off the track! Is that immediately a safety car? Verstappen retains the lead, Hamilton remains second and Charles Leclerc takes third place at the expense of Bottas.

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START – Verstappen retains the lead!

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Warm-up round – Pérez has got his car running again and will start from the pits. On to the second chance. The cars roll onto the grid.

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Warm-up round – Good luck to Sergio Pérez! The Mexican’s car is running again and he turns his Red Bull into the pits. There will be an extra warm-up round.

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Warm-up roundPérez falls silent! The Mexican’s engine is broken.

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Warm-up round – The cars roll onto the grid. The Bahrain Grand Prix – with Max Verstappen in pole position – is about to start.

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Warm-up round – The warm-up round is in Bahrain! All drivers come from their place.

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Another 1 minute until the warm-up round – The engines are started and the mechanics run off the grid.

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The helmet goes on. Ten more minutes until the warm-up round.

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Who will win the Bahrain Grand Prix this afternoon?

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Last year, the Bahrain Grand Prix was shaken by a horror crash by Romain Grosjean. The Frenchman sustained burns to his hands and feet after crashing into the guardrail at high speed on the opening lap.

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Pirelli predicts that a two-stopper will be the fastest strategy today. Max Verstappen, just like the Mercedes drivers, starts the race on the medium tire. Charles Leclerc (fourth) starts on soft rubber.

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Another 40 minutes to the start – The pit lane is open! The drivers go to the starting grid.