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Markelov feared being “thrashed” by F2 2018 rookies

Renault Formula 1 development driver Artem Markelov admits he feared a heavy defeat in the battle against Formula 2's highly-rated 2018 rookies ahead of the Bahrain season opener.

Renault engine blameless in Verstappen's Bahrain Q1 crash

Red Bull Formula 1 boss Christian Horner has confirmed there was no car or engine issue when Max Verstappen crashed out in the first segment of qualifying at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

FIA worried by "dangerous" flying Haas bodywork

Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting admits that he was not happy with the way Romain Grosjean’s Haas shed bits of bodywork during the Bahrain GP, citing it as "potentially dangerous".

Strategy Report: Did Mercedes pull a punch in Vettel fight?

James Allen analyses the Bahrain Grand Prix, a far more interesting race strategically than in Melbourne, and wonders if Mercedes could have been more ruthless.

Mercedes admits response to Vettel strategy was “too slow”

Mercedes has admitted that it lost its chance to beat Sebastian Vettel to victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix because it was ‘too slow’ to realise the Ferrari driver would try a one-stop strategy.

Red Bull demands "fast and reliable" engine after Bahrain failure

Red Bull’s motorsport boss Helmut Marko has demanded a “fast and reliable engine” after the Renault failure that ended Daniel Ricciardo’s Bahrain Grand Prix after one racing lap.

Ranking all F1 teams after the Bahrain GP

Ferrari is doing all the winning so far in 2018, but there is a big reason it can't be considered the star from last weekend. In Bahrain there was another team that deserves top billing, and it's another blow for McLaren

Bahrain GP statistics: Vettel wins on his 200th F1 start

All important statistics and figures from the second round of the 2018 Formula 1 season, the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Norris: Beating Prema in Bahrain a "big achievement"

McLaren Formula 1 reserve Lando Norris believes Carlin beating F2 powerhouse squad Prema after a one-year hiatus is a “big achievement” for the team.

Hamilton urges better communication after Bahrain "no man's land"

Lewis Hamilton says that Mercedes has to work on improving in-race communication with its Formula 1 drivers on the back of two frustrating races in Melbourne and Bahrain.

Verstappen responds to Hamilton “dickhead” gibe

Max Verstappen has shrugged off Lewis Hamilton’s remark in the drivers’ room ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix podium ceremony, after being shown a clip of the moment Hamilton reacted to their collision.

Hamilton: Verstappen not making mature decisions

Lewis Hamilton has questioned Max Verstappen's maturity after their clash in the Bahrain Grand Prix, suggesting that someone with greater experience would have brought points home for Red Bull on Sunday.

Bahrain Grand Prix driver ratings

There were two deserving perfect 10s near the front of the field, while other drivers perhaps left a little bit too much on the table to warrant higher scores this time.

Ricciardo: Bahrain DNF shows F1 "rips your heart out"

A dejected Daniel Ricciardo says the implosion of Red Bull’s Bahrain Grand Prix within the first two laps shows how Formula 1 “can rip your heart out”.

How Mercedes squandered a 90 percent victory chance

Sebastian Vettel pulled off one of his greatest F1 victories in Bahrain, but a defeated Mercedes was left with a nagging feeling that this was a race it let slip through its fingers.

Sirotkin: "We looked like idiots" in Bahrain

Formula 1 rookie Sergey Sirotkin says that he and his Williams team "looked like idiots" after a poor Bahrain Grand Prix.

Injured Ferrari mechanic undergoes successful surgery

The Ferrari mechanic who suffered a broken leg during Kimi Raikkonen’s race-ending pitstop in the Bahrain Grand Prix has successfully undergone surgery.

Force India scores first points of 2018 in Bahrain

Force India scored its first points of the 2018 Formula 1 season in the Bahrain Grand Prix, with Esteban Ocon finishing tenth.

F1 Debrief: All you need to know from the Bahrain GP

Good morning. Welcome to your morning Motorsport F1 Debrief from the Bahrain Grand Prix - your quick wrap-up of all the important stories from a thriller in the desert.

Perez, Hartley penalised for formation lap error

Formula 1 stewards have penalised Sergio Perez and Brendon Hartley 30 seconds each for not following correct procedure on the Bahrain Grand Prix formation lap.

Bahrain GP: Post-race press conference

DRIVERS: 1 – Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari), Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes), Lewis HAMILTON (Mercedes).

Gasly's drive "made a man out of him" - Marko

Pierre Gasly's drive to fourth place in the Bahrain Grand Prix "made a man out of him", according to Red Bull motorsport boss Helmut Marko.

Vettel defends Hamilton's "dickhead" remark

Sebastian Vettel has launched a strong defence of Formula 1 rival Lewis Hamilton over comments the Mercedes driver made about Max Verstappen straight after the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton says Verstappen move "silly" and "unnecessary"

Lewis Hamilton says Max Verstappen's move that resulted in them colliding in the Bahrain Grand Prix was "silly" and disrespectful.

Alonso: McLaren flattered by "coincidence" Bahrain result

Fernando Alonso says his seventh place in the Bahrain Grand Prix was a "bit of a coincidence" and admits his McLaren F1 team must improve in the upcoming races.

Vettel feared Mercedes had pulled "checkmate" move

Sebastian Vettel feared Mercedes had pulled a ‘checkmate’ move to win the Bahrain Grand Prix when it committed to a one-stop strategy early in the race.

Bahrain GP: Vettel holds off Bottas to win, disaster for Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel resisted a late charge from Valtteri Bottas to win a fascinating Bahrain Grand Prix and make it two wins from two races in the 2018 Formula 1 season.

Bahrain F2: Maini endures fraught debut

Arjun Maini failed to score points in the opening round of the Formula 2 championship, enduring a trying series debut.

How Williams tackles Bahrain cooling

The Bahrain Grand Prix is one of the hottest races of the year, and Williams, like all Formula 1 teams, must make changes to ensure the cars run reliably.

Bahrain F2: Markelov takes sprint race win

Renault F1 tester Artem Markelov rose from sixth on the grid to take victory in the Formula 2 Sprint race in Bahrain, as Nyck de Vries’ pitstop approach failed to pay off.

Force India won't race new front wing in Bahrain

Force India will not race the new front wing trialled by Sergio Perez during Friday practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix because it was not working as hoped.

Hamilton has no answers on Mercedes pace

Lewis Hamilton says he doesn't have any answers on why the Ferrari vs Mercedes Formula 1 battle has swung towards the Italian team this weekend in Bahrain.

Leclerc says he has to "calm down" his driving

Formula 1 rookie Charles Leclerc has admitted he was "pushing way too much" in the Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying and needs to "calm down" his driving.

Bahrain GP: Top photos from Saturday's selection of photos from FP3 and qualifying of the Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix.

Bahrain GP: Post-qualifying press conference

DRIVERS: 1 – Sebastian VETTEL (Ferrari), 2 – Kimi RAIKKONEN (Ferrari), 3 – Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes).

Mercedes says W09 "not a diva" despite lack of pace

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the team still has issues with overheating tyres that have troubled previous cars, but he insists that unlike its immediate predecessor the W09 is not a "diva".

Alonso feared McLaren would struggle in Bahrain

Fernando Alonso says McLaren feared it would be in for a tough time at the Bahrain Grand Prix even before track action even got underway.

Toro Rosso shocked by "huge step forward" in Bahrain

Toro Rosso didn't expect the "huge step forward" delivered by the updates it brought to the Bahrain Grand Prix, according to driver Brendon Hartley.

Vettel: Sorting front end key to "surprising" Bahrain pole

Sebastian Vettel says an improved set-up to give him more confidence with the front end of his Ferrari was key to his "surprising" pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Verstappen says 150bhp power surge caused spin

Max Verstappen has blamed a 150hp power surge from his Renault engine for triggering the Q1 crash that put him out of qualifying at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

McLaren "astonished" by lack of pace in Bahrain qualifying

Eric Boullier says McLaren will launch a major investigation into its failure to make Q3 for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Bahrain GP: Vettel leads Ferrari front row lock-out

Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix after pipping Ferrari Formula 1 teammate Kimi Raikkonen by 0.143s.

Bahrain GP: Raikkonen leads Red Bull drivers in FP3

Kimi Raikkonen's strong form ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix qualifying continued as the Ferrari driver set the pace again in Saturday practice.

Bahrain F2: Norris dominates opener in Carlin 1-2

Lando Norris dominated the season-opening Formula 2 race to lead a Carlin 1-2 in Bahrain, as Artem Markelov stormed from the pitlane to the podium.

Why Ferrari isn't the team Mercedes should fear in Bahrain

The Bahrain Grand Prix is shaping up to be a fascinating contest based on Friday's running. There's no evidence of Mercedes enjoying the advantage it held in Australia, but it could have a different chief rival come race day.

Hamilton set for grid penalty after gearbox change

Lewis Hamilton is set for a five-place grid penalty at the Bahrain Grand Prix as the result of a gearbox change.

Ricciardo says Red Bull "a lot better" than P6

Daniel Ricciardo believes his Red Bull team is in "a lot better" shape at the Bahrain Grand Prix than its subdued showing in the second practice session suggested.

Bahrain F2: Norris beats Russell to maiden pole

McLaren Formula 1 junior Lando Norris took his maiden Formula 2 pole position for the Bahrain season opener, with Mercedes reserve George Russell completing an all-rookie front row.

Raikkonen escapes grid penalty in Bahrain

Kimi Raikkonen has escaped a grid penalty at the Bahrain Grand Prix despite his car being released from the pits with a loose wheel after a practice pitstop error.

Ferrari's Bahrain pace flattered by "high-power mode" - Mercedes

Mercedes insists it is not worried by Formula 1 rival Ferrari’s strong pace in Friday practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix, because it believes the Italian team was using high-power engine modes.

Bahrain GP: Raikkonen quickest in FP2 despite wheel drama

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen topped the second free practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix before pulling off with a loose wheel late on.

Bahrain GP: Ricciardo leads Bottas in FP1, trouble for Verstappen

Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time in the first practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix as Red Bull had the edge on a tight Mercedes/Ferrari battle.

Live: Follow Bahrain GP practice as it happens

Follow all the action from the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend as it happens with our minute-by-minute coverage.

Bahrain F2: Maini tops first practice of 2018

Haas Formula 1 junior Arjun Maini beat Lando Norris by 0.051s in the practice session for the Formula 2 season opener in Bahrain.

Bahrain GP: Latest tech updates, direct from the garages

Giorgio Piola and Sutton Images lift the lid on the technical happenings up and down the Sakhir pitlane.

Ocon expects to miss out on new Force India front wing

Esteban Ocon expects to miss out on Force India's new front wing if the team decides to use it in this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Bahrain GP: Thursday's press conference

DRIVERS – Valtteri BOTTAS (Mercedes), Kimi RÄIKKÖNEN (Ferrari), Fernando ALONSO (McLaren).

Liberty should ignore input from selfish F1 drivers - Magnussen

Liberty Media should not listen to self-serving Formula 1 drivers and instead trust its own research on how to improve the qualify of racing, Haas driver Kevin Magnussen insists.

Haas pit crew reshuffled after Melbourne dramas

Haas has reshuffled its pit crew and introduced an extra fail-safe system to help prevent a repeat of its Australian Grand Prix tyre change blunders.

Bahrain Grand Prix: Sakhir F1 circuit guide

Get a closer look at the Sakhir circuit ahead of Formula 1's Bahrain Grand Prix with our exclusive animated track guide.