|1||SERGIO PEREZ||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||1:31:15.114||25|
|3||LANCE STROLL||RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES||+11.859s||15|
|4||CARLOS SAINZ||MCLAREN RENAULT||+12.580s||12|
|6||ALEXANDER ALBON||RED BULL RACING HONDA||+13.842s||8|
|7||DANIIL KVYAT||ALPHATAHURI HONDA||+14.534s||6|
|10||LANDO NORRIS||MCLAREN RENAULT||+19.541s||1|
|11||PIERRE GASLY||ALPHATAURI HONDA||+20.527s||0|
|13||ANTONIO GIOVINAZZI||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||+24.111s||0|
|14||KIMI RAIKKONEN||ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI||+22.153s||0|
|15||KEVIN MAGNUSSEN||HAAS FERRARI||+32.370s||0|
|16||JACK AITKEN||WILLIAMS RACING||+33.674s||0|
|17||PIETRO FITTIPALDI||HAAS FERRARI||+36.858s||0|
|NC||NICHOLAS LATIFI||WILLIAMS RACING||DNF||0|
|NC||MAX VERSTAPPEN||RED BULL RACING HONDA||DNF||0|
Sergio Perez incredibly wins the Sakhir GP after George Russell’s heartbreak. Russell was leading on Merc debut, but a botched pit-stop under Safety Car dropped him down the order. He made it back up to second but then had to pit again due to a slow puncture.
Safety Car was also deployed on the first lap as Perez and Leclerc collided. Verstappen crashed when trying to evade collision. Leclerc and Verstappen are out.
I can’t put it into words, to be honest. It wasn’t a nice feeling. I’ve had races where I’ve had victories taken away from me, but twice? I couldn’t believe it. I gave it everything I had.
“I was managing the race at the start. I felt confident, comfortable managing the gap to Valtteri. We had the muddle up in the pit-stop that put us on the back foot; I had to overtake. I think we still could have caught Sergio; we had such a tyre advantage; the car was so quick. Gutted. But incredibly proud of what we have achieved and happy to have had the opportunity.”
“Guys. I don’t know what to say. That was taken away from us twice. Honestly, it’s been a pleasure, and I’ve loved it, and honestly, I’m gutted. I’m absolutely gutted. But we’ll get this opportunity again. I hope we get this opportunity again. Thank you.”
Both Mercedes drivers were called into the pits to give them fresh tyre for the restart, thus protecting them from any cars behind that pitted and fitted new rubber.
Russell had a usual pitstop and exited safely, but after the stacked Bottas drove forward into the box. Before he left, the mechanics realized that Russell’s tyres had been fitted at the front – so the stop was aborted, and the hard tyres which Bottas had been using were fitted to the car again.
Russell had left with the front tyres of Bottas on his car, and he was then told that he had an incorrect tyre fitted, and he came into the pits in the next lap for a fresh set, before rejoining the safety car queue.
Russell eventually finished ninth, having been delayed further by a late puncture.