SAKHIR RACE ZONE: Mercedes blow it for Valtteri Bottas as Nikita Mazepin endures a horror show on debut… and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel is a German who doesn’t like penalties!

The 2021 Formula One season kicked off in dramatic style in Bahrain but the racing king still reigns supreme as Lewis Hamilton ended up with the top prize on Sunday. Meanwhile, it was a first F1 outing for Mick Schumacher who turned out in Bahrain for Haas but Sebastian Vettel had an afternoon to forget on his Aston Martin debut. Sportsmail brings you the talking points you may have missed from the fascinating weekend in Bahrain… MERCEDES BLOW IT FOR BOTTAS. George Russell’s dream Mercedes outing in Bahrain last year turned into a nightmare after a pit-stop mix-up. The German started from the back of the grid after a yellow flag in qualifying.

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