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!
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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.

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Another 45 minutes to the start – There is some commotion in Sergio Pérez’s pit box. Honda reports that it has replaced two engine components as a precaution. Max Verstappen’s teammate starts the Grand Prix from eleventh place.

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Vettel starts with grid penalty at the back
Sebastian Vettel receives a grid penalty of five places. The German therefore starts at the very back of the Bahrain Grand Prix at his first race for Aston Martin. Vettel had only qualified eighteenth on Saturday. Due to the grid penalty, Haas drivers Mick Schumacher and Nikita Mazepin can also start the race for the four-time world champion. On Sunday afternoon, Vettel had to report to the stewards in Bahrain due to an incident during qualifying. The race management ruled that the Aston Martin driver had not slowed down while the yellow flag was waved after a Mazepin spin.

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