the dutch max verstappen and your team Red Bull starts again as favorites to win the titles of the 2023 Formula 1 World Cupa year for which Fernando Alonso has recovered the illusion with Aston Martin and hopes to be at the level of Mercedes and Ferrari, which should be the options to break the monopoly of the Austrian team, with a Carlos Sainz ready to step up.
It seems that the world which started this Friday at the Bahrain International Circuit will follow the same paths as last year, with a very domineering ‘Mad Max’ on paper. The two-time world champion dominated the first day of the official pre-season tests at Sakhir with his RB23, while on his second and last day of testing he came very close to a surprising Guanyu Zhou (Alfa Romeo).
Verstappen is willing, for yet another year, to turn the ‘Great Circus’ back into his ‘garden’, without giving the rest options from the start. He has demonstrated it once again after qualifying this Saturday, where ‘Mad Max’ got his first pole of the season. As for the Spanish Fernando Alonso continues unstoppable and slipped into the ‘top five’ with his Aston Martin. The Spaniard gets behind the wheel of his new car with the goal of achieving his 33rd victory during the race this Sunday. On the other side, Carlos Sainz, along with his Ferrari teammate Leclerc, will start the race from the second starting line.
Bahrain GP schedule
Sunday March 5
Race: 4:00 p.m. (57 laps)