‘That’s Why Hamilton Won In Bahrain’- Schumacher Explains Where Red Bull Lost the Plot

Published 04/09/2021, 5:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Red Bull have been second best to Mercedes for the past few years now. In the 2020 season, the Silver Arrows finished top of the table and won the championship, whereas their rivals from Milton-Keynes finished second. Former F1 driver, Ralf Schumacher believes the Austrian outfit needs to pick up the pace if they want to catch the squad from Brackley.

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Verstappen was the favorite to win in the season opener in Bahrain. He outperformed the Mercedes team and achieved pole position in the opening race of the season. However, Lewis Hamilton beat him to the chequered flag after an intense battle around the circuit on race day.

The Milton-Keynes-based outfit believes that they have the pace to make up the gap to the Silver Arrows. The next stop on the F1 calendar is the Italian Grand Prix at Imola where Mercedes will have to be prepared for everything the Raging Bull throws at them.

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Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 13, 2021, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Schumacher says Red Bull needs to more organized if they want to match Mercedes

In an interview with Sport1, Schumacher said, “Red Bull has already won a number of world championships. But if you compare that with Mercedes, they are already damn well-organized. 

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc in action during the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

“Strategy-Red Bull still has some catching up to do. That’s why Hamilton won in Bahrain.”

Asked about who he favors winning the constructors’ championship in 2021, he replied, “You can’t compare the teams. I’m not betting on anyone yet.”

(Quotes translated from German via Google)

Wolff praises rivals from Milton-Keynes

The boss of the Silver Arrows thinks that Red Bull should have won that race in Bahrain, but states that the racing gods were on their side that night in Bahrain. Mercedes won that day with a bit of luck and the brilliant driving by Lewis Hamilton.

Wolff said, “Bahrain was always not the strongest race for Red Bull and also they haven’t been particularly good out of the blocks [at the start of seasons] and this weekend shows that that is not the case anymore in 2021.

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So I have no doubt that they are extremely difficult to beat. They are the ones that are leading the pack. The racing gods were on our side, and that’s why [we won]. It’s not that we have found suddenly some awesome performance. It was a combination of great strategy, a solid race car, and then just being fortunate at the end.”

Formula One F1 – Pre-Season Testing – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 14, 2021, Red Bull’s Sergio Perez in action during testing REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Can the Milton-Keynes outfit find the pace and catch up to the seven-time champions and steal their limelight from them? Only time will tell as we wait for the Italian Grand Prix to go underway.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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