he first day of official timed action at the Bahrain Grand Prix is in the books, and Formula 1 is finally getting some answers about the real competitive picture for the season ahead.

The answers are good for Max Verstappen and in particular Ferrari. The reigning champion led the way at the end of the all-important second practice session, the only representative hour of running before qualifying, but there almost nothing to split him from the pursuing Ferrari drivers.

The answers were undoubtedly bad for Mercedes. The team must be sick of saying, ‘I told you so’ this week, but it really did tell us not to expect much from the car in Bahrain, and not much is exactly what it delivered.

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Max Verstappen passes Lewis Hamilton on the final lap of the final race of 2021 to make himself the new world champion, Featuring former F1 driver Alex Yoong.

Max Verstappen is the 2021 world champion after a chaotic and controversial single-lap dash with Lewis Hamilton to win the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen will start on pole in the race of his life, but Lewis Hamilton from second will have the more favourable strategy to fight for the title in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand prix.

Down to the wire. Lewis Hamilton wins in Saudi Arabia to level the scores and set up a do-or-die championship showdown Max Verstappen. With Phil Horton from Auto Week.

The Saudi Arabian Grand Prix was always going to be memorable for setting the scene for the last race of the season, but a chaotic inaugural event in Jeddah delivered plenty of its own highlights.

Max Verstappen leads by eight points, but Lewis Hamilton has all the momentum. With two rounds to go, who will claim the 2021 world championship? Featuring Nate Saunders from ESPN.

Lewis Hamilton wins easily in the first-ever Qatar Grand Prix to slice Max Verstappen lead to just eight points with two races to go. Featuring ESPN’s Nate Saunders.

Lewis Hamilton made victory look easy in Qatar, blowing away title rival Max Verstappen and reducing his championship deficit to just eight points.

Lewis Hamilton holds all the cards in Formula 1’s first-ever Qatar Grand Prix, and with car pace and strategy on his side, he’s well placed to half his championship deficit to Max Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton can win the Sao Paulo Grand Prix — an ordinarily unremarkable statement made extraordinary by the last 24 hours in Formula 1.

Absolute domination. Max Verstappen trashes Lewis Hamilton on his way to victory in Mexico City to put one hand on the 2021 drivers championship. Featuring Thomas Maher from RacingNews365.com.

Max Verstappen is closing in on his first Formula 1 world championship, and with a dominant performance in the Mexico City Grand Prix the Dutchman and Red Bull Racing stamped their authority on the 2021 season.

You’d have got long odds as late as Saturday morning on Mercedes taking pole position for the Mexico City Grand Prix, but come the end of Q3 Valtteri Bottas had turned the form guide on its head — if anyone’s bothering to refer to the prediction book these days.

Max Verstappen fends off a charging Lewis Hamilton to take a strategically aggressive but perfectly judged victory in Austin and double his points lead. Featuring F1 journalist Abhishek Takle.

Max Verstappen will start the United States Grand Prix from pole position, and despite lining up alongside title rival Lewis Hamilton, he does so from a position of strength.

Six points in it with six rounds remaining. Can Lewis Hamilton’s affinity for Austin get him back ahead of Max Verstappen in the tightening title fight? Featuring Jake Michaels from ESPN.

Valtteri Bottas breaks his victory drought, but Hamilton ends the race wondering what could have been after a botched tyre gamble. Featuring F1 stat man Sean Kelly.