Bahrain Grand Prix 2020: Chaotic start, pitlane and engine failures!

This year's Bahrain Grand Prix is not like any other races that we had this 2020. Social media, along with the entire motorsport community has been buzzing since last night. Horrifying crashes, pit stop mishaps, and engine failures established this race as one of the most memorable races of 2020.

Before the race, AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly predicted that this is going to be an unusual race because of the tire graining they experienced in qualifying. Minutes into the opening lap, the Haas of Romain Grosjean slammed into the barriers causing a massive fireball that red-flagged the race. The French driver rubbed wheels with AlphaTauri's Daniil Kvyat and slid into the barriers of turn 3. The crash ripped his car in two igniting the fuel cells in the middle of the car. 

Luckily, the Frenchman was able to get out of the car but he suffered burns in his ankles and wrists as he spent 28 seconds getting out of the burning cockpit. The ambulance was already at the scene of the accident and they gave Grosjean first aid before air-lifting to the hospital. The suspension of the race took for almost 90 minutes as the race officials and marshals scramble to repair the damaged barrier in turn 3. 

Hamilton controlled the race after he made no mistake at the restart. Behind him was the Red Bull of Verstappen and the Racing Point of Perez. But shortly after the restart, the Racing Point of Lance Stroll was hanging upside down after he was pitched by Daniil Kvyat. He joked about him hanging before he wriggled out of his car. The Canadian driver was unharmed by the incident while Daniil Kvyat was the one penalized for that collision.

Sergio Perez looked set to finish third in his Racing Point and clinch his 10th career podium when his engine blew and flames spewed from the back of his car. He wants to push to the finish line but the amount of fire in his back caused him to retire just 3 laps away from the chequered flag. And the race concluded under Safety Car. 

Perez' retirement was a huge opportunity for McLaren's Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz who were promoted to fourth and fifth, with Alpha Tauri's Pierre Gasly promoted in sixth and the Renaults of Daniel Ricciardo and Esteban Ocon to seventh and ninth.

Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas suffered a puncture and had to pit. He went past a couple of cars to secure 8th place. Red Bull got 2nd and 3rd for the first time since 2017, where Verstappen finished 2nd with his teammate Daniel Ricciardo 3rd.

Hamilton said in an interview: "It's physical, this track has always been physical. We've got lots of high-speed corners so I was definitely feeling it," he said. "I managed to just about reply to him [Verstappen] when I needed to but I was sliding around a lot out there and I wasn't really quite sure how it would play out at the end."