2021 Formula 1 season started with drama as Lewis Hamilton won the season-opening race in Bahrain by the smallest possible margin in the sport. Mercedes' 7-time F1 World Champion and Red Bull's Max Verstappen were locked in a battle for the top spot as both took turns to lead the race in Bahrain. But in the final few laps of the race, Verstappen overtook Hamilton but it appeared that he cut the track short to make the move. Verstappen promptly slowed down to let Hamilton pass which turned out to be the last move of the race. The British racer won the race to collect 25 points as Verstappen was 2nd followed by Valteri Bottas of Mercedes who finished 3rd.