Max Verstappen says he is ‘very happy to FINALLY’ claim first win in Bahrain, after opening his Formula 1 title defence in dominant fashion – but admits his ‘pace will depend from race to race’ despite insisting Red Bull ‘have a good race package’

Max Verstappen says he is very ‘happy to finally win a race in Bahrain’ after he opened his Formula 1 title defence with a dominant win in the Middle East. Fernando Alonso took third place, finishing 38 seconds back from the leader in his first race for new team Aston Martin. But it was a big statement from Verstappen, who claimed his 36th F1 career win, his first on the Bahrain circuit. ‘I’m very happy to finally win a race here in Bahrain.’. We can definitely fight with this car and also big thank you to the team, over the winter, to get us a quick race car again.’.

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