SAKHIR RACE ZONE: Mercedes blows it for Valtteri Bottas as Mazepin endures horror show on debut

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SAKHIR RACE ZONE: Mercedes ruins it for Valtteri Bottas while Nikita Mazepin goes through a horror show on his debut … and Aston Martin’s Sebastian Vettel is a German who doesn’t like punishment!

  • Lewis Hamilton beat Max Verstappen to win the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday
  • Sportsmail takes a look at the other talking points you may have missed this weekend
  • Sebastian Vettel and Nikita Mazepin had moments to forget in Sunday’s race
  • The Japanese Yuki Tsunoda and Sergio Perez made an impression in the course of Sunday

The 2021 Formula 1 season started off dramatically in Bahrain, but the race king still reigns supreme when Lewis Hamilton took the top prize on Sunday.

The seven-time F1 champion got a tough run from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, but Hamilton just clung on for the win.

Meanwhile, it was a first F1 outing for Mick Schumacher playing in Bahrain for Haas, but Sebastian Vettel had an afternoon to forget about his Aston Martin debut.

Sportsmail brings you the talking points you may have missed during the fascinating weekend in Bahrain …

Sportsmail takes a look at the talking points you may have missed during Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix

Sportsmail looks at the points of discussion you may have missed during Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix

MERCEDES BLOW IT FOR BOTTAS

George Russell’s dream Mercedes getaway in Bahrain last year turned into a nightmare after a pit stop confusion.

This time, Valtteri Bottas’ hopes of a top two finish fell after problems fitting his right front tire.

Mercedes had problems with the front tire of Valtteri Bottas during the Bahrain Grand Prix race on Sunday

Mercedes had problems with the front tire of Valtteri Bottas during the Bahrain Grand Prix race on Sunday

Mercedes had problems with the front tire of Valtteri Bottas during the Bahrain Grand Prix race on Sunday

HE’S NIKITA MAZE-SPIN!

It was a horror show from Haas’ Nikita Mazepin on its debut.

The rookie, who caused controversy when a video appeared earlier this year showing him groping a woman, didn’t even drive the first lap and crashed for only three innings.

A GERMAN WHO DOES NOT LIKE PENALTIES

Sebastian Vettel had a weekend to forget.

The German started from the back of the grid after a yellow flag in qualifying.

His collision with Esteban Ocon was also considered his fault and he was hit with five penalty points in five hours.

In Sebastian Vettel's weekend horror show, he collided with Esteban Ocon

In Sebastian Vettel's weekend horror show, he collided with Esteban Ocon

In Sebastian Vettel’s weekend horror show, he collided with Esteban Ocon

YUKI UNCLOGGES ALONSO

20-year-old Yuki Tsunoda from Japan said after the race that his father is an idol for Fernando Alonso, who made a welcome return to Bahrain.

Tsunoda Snr must have been proud to see his son casually overtake Alonso and finish ninth.

HAPPY PEREZ FIGHT BACK

Sergio Perez, who memorably won the Grand Prix of Sakhir last season against expectations, again suffered bad luck and this time left the pit lane.

Despite the problem in the formation lap, Perez fought back to finish fifth.

Sergio Perez fought back to finish fifth, despite starting from the pit lane on Sunday

Sergio Perez fought back to finish fifth, despite starting from the pit lane on Sunday

Sergio Perez fought back to finish fifth, despite starting from the pit lane on Sunday

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