Relieved Verstappen happy to claim opening win at 10th attempt

MAX Verstappen beamed with relief yesterday after claiming a long-awaited season-opening win and leading Sergio Perez home in a Red Bull one-two at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The win was also his first at Sakhir’s Bahrain International Circuit at the 10th attempt and the 36th of his career, cementing his status as a strong favourite to secure a third consecutive drivers’ crown this year.