CHARLES LECLERC has kicked off the F1 season with victory in a dramatic Bahrain Grand Prix with a Ferrari one-two.
Carlos Sainz finished second as Lewis Hamilton snatched a late podium finish after Sergio Perez spun out.
While world champ Max Verstappen was forced to RETIRE in the closing stages of the race after challenging for top spot for most of it.
Chales Leclerc led home Carlos Sainz to win Formula One’s season-opening Bahrain race and seal a Ferrari one-two, after world champion Max Verstappen retired with just three laps remaining and Lewis Hamilton landed a surprise podium.
Verstappen hit technical trouble in the closing moments as Ferrari took a one-two finish, with Hamilton elevated to third after Sergio Perez suffered an engine failure in the other Red Bull on the penultimate lap. George Russell finished fourth, with Kevin Magnussen fifth.