“After the race we found damage to the floor of Daniel’s car. This was a result of the collision with Pierre Gasly, who was behind at the start of the race, ”said McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl. “That damage took a fair amount of downforce, the downforce. Daniel used his experience to deal with these defects and has scored important points for the team. ”
Ricciardo’s teammate Lando Norris finished fourth in the opening race of the season. World champion Lewis Hamilton won the grand prix ahead of Max Verstappen and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Twelve positive tests in Bahrain
Prior to the opening race of the season in Formula 1, twelve people involved tested positive for the corona virus. That revealed the international motorsport federation FIA and the organization of F1 two days after the race in Bahrain. Of the 8,150 tests conducted on the drivers, teams and all track staff between 22 and 28 March, 12 resulted in a positive result.
Since last year, the FIA and Formula 1 have announced after each GP how many corona tests have been carried out and how many positive results that resulted. None of the drivers turned out to be positive in Bahrain. The Formula 1 teams stayed in the Gulf state for several weeks, where three test days were also held earlier in the month.
Bahrain offered various corona vaccines to all drivers and teams. As far as known, only the racing stable AlphaTauri and the drivers Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) and Sergio Pérez (Red Bull) used it.
Max Verstappen, who lives in Monaco, had already been vaccinated before leaving for Bahrain. The Dutchman finished second at the Sakhir circuit on Sunday, after an intense battle with world champion Lewis Hamilton for the win. The second grand prix of the season will be in Italy on April 18.
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