WATCH: Max Verstappen and Leclerc Crash Out of Sakhir GP After a Chaotic Start

Published 12/06/2020, 12:43 PM EST
Formula One F1 – Sakhir Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – December 6, 2020 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen on the back of a motorcycle after he crashes out of the race Pool via REUTERS/Tolga Bozoglu


The Sakhir Grand Prix witnessed a crash in the first lap of the race. Once again, a race that sees a yellow flag in its first lap. Through the third turn, Charles Leclerc, Sergio Perez, and Max Verstappen got into an accident.

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Sergio Perez had to take a trip to the pits early on in the race. However, Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen weren’t as lucky as they had to retire from the race.

Replays of Race Start – Leclerc clips Perez, Max tries to avoid but runs into barrier. Kimi Allso spins. from formula1

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Charles Leclerc was driving on the inside line. Sergio Perez’s rear was tapped by a locked up Charles Leclerc as Perez spun around. Verstappen tried to evade the accident but could not muster up enough grip. He got on the gravel and skid all the way into the wall.

In the second turn of the race, Kimi Raikkonen also suffered a spin. As the race was yellow flagged, the trio had the accident in the very next turn.

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Max Verstappen could not do a thing

Max Verstappen was fighting this weekend for a P2 championship standing finish. With Lewis Hamilton out of the race this weekend, Max Verstappen would have fancied his chances of a possible race win at the Sakhir Grand Prix.

Perez Onboard start from formula1

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However, to his dismay, he got caught up in the slight ignorance of two other drivers. Sergio Perez was on the outside, and Charles Leclerc was on the inside. Leclerc had a tire lockout and failed to make the apex.

Sergio Perez was unaware of Leclerc making the move on the inside. Before anything could be done, Leclerc torpedoed into the rear of Perez. Max Verstappen was behind both the cars. Sergio Perez spun around and Max tried to evade the car but ended up in the barriers.

Verstappen was very frustrated at the incident. He was fuming as he clarified on the radio that there wasn’t anything he could have done to save the car.

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Meanwhile, George Russell has taken a lead at the beginning. He led his very first lap in Formula 1 and has created a 2-second gap between himself and Bottas. With Verstappen and Leclerc out and Perez back in P11, George Russell’s debut podium looks highly likely.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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