Life is the same, but not so much

Seen like this, cold, there is little reason for hope. But the race did offer some green shoots that will have to grow, or not, in future appointments.

Life-is-the-same-but-not-so-much

The eve of the Formula 1 World Championship showed signs of change. Some supported by objective results and others driven by illusion. The questions were opened in the preceding days: Can Max Verstappen finally be a real opposition to Lewis Hamilton? Will Carlos Sainz and Fernando Alonso fight for the podiums? What will be the third car on the grid: McLaren, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Alpha Tauri…? The first grand prize of the championship produced some answers, in no case definitive, although if someone analyzes the classification without having witnessed the race, they will be left with the feeling that everything remains the same, that the revolution will have to wait, we will see how long. Hamilton beat Verstappen, with Bottas third. Sainz came out eighth and finished eighth. And Alonso retired due to a breakdown in his Alpine, just like in his last seasons in F1, as if time had not passed in these last two years of absence. Seen like this, cold, there is little reason for hope. But the race did offer some green shoots that will have to grow, or not, in future appointments.

Hamilton won, but did not walk. Verstappen, who had started from pole, pressed him to the end, and even overtook him in the last laps, although the judges urged him to give his head for an alleged infraction. Controversy aside, the prevailing equality in Sakhir is already a radical change between Mercedes and Red Bull compared to the last World Cups. And the Spanish? Alonso had an exciting start, the first to enter the pits to seek strategic surprise, but little by little he faded, parallel to his Renault. Meanwhile, Sainz and his Ferrari gave the impression that they have something more than an eighth place. His teammate Charles Leclerc finished sixth. For starters, McLaren is the third car. The Cavallino fight is with Norris and Ricciardo, without losing sight of a podium that, for the moment, is one of the usual ones.

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