Risk is an intrinsic component in Formula 1 and this is how it is explained that Liberty Media, the promoter of the championship, projects the most ambitious calendar in history, with 23 grand prizes spread over nine months, in the midst of a global pandemic. The World Championship kicks off this Sunday in Bahrain (17.00, Movistar Formula 1 and DAZN), the same place where the previous one ended and where less than two weeks ago a preseason of only three days was concentrated.
On paper, the restrictions of Aerodynamics applied to the regulations must match the forces of a contest that has been looking for that for more than five years, taking into account the roller that Mercedes has gone through since the introduction of hybrid technology, in 2014.
Mad Max was awarded this Saturday in Sakhir the first pole of the season and the third of his record, after beating the two Silver Arrows; Hamilton (second) and Valtteri Bottas (third). After his first qualifying trial wearing the Ferrari jumpsuit, Carlos Sainz finished eighth, just ahead of Fernando Alonso, who will start ninth. “We finished well last year and the hard work done this winter has paid off. The car works very well in the short laps and also in the long ones ”, commented the Red Bull standard bearer.
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In the scarce ten days that have passed since the winter tests, Mercedes has been able to correct part of the deficit that became evident with respect to the structure of the red buffalo, a drift that will surely be accentuated with the advancement of the calendar and that, unless surprises occur, should put the Stuttgart builder back in command