F1: Hamilton wins Bahrain Grand Prix as Leclerc experiences heartbreak

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It was an action-packed race under the lights at the Bahrain International Circuit Sunday night, but for Charles Leclerc, the Bahrain Grand Prix did not end the way he had hoped.

After starting the race from the pole for the first time in his relatively young F1 career, Leclerc led for the majority of the race, only to experience engine issues within the final ten laps, causing the Ferrari driver to lose power and cede the top two positions to Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

“It happens. Unfortunately it was not our day. Of course I’m extremely disappointed,” Leclerc said. “A very hard one to take but thanks to the team. Congratulations to Lewis and Valtteri”.

Hamilton would pass Leclerc with nine laps remaining and took the checkered flag behind the safety car after a late race incident which saw Daniel Riccardo and Nico Hulkenburg retiring due to reliability issues.

Hamilton’s victory Sunday night was the first of the season for the defending world champion, and second consecutive 1-2 finish for Mercedes, with Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas finishing second.

“It was a really, really hard race today,” Hamilton said. “Charles did such a great job so it must be devastating for him”.

With Leclerc finishing third, Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen finished the race in the fourth position and Leclerc’s teammate Sebastian Vettel would finish the race fifth.

Like Leclerc, Vettel’s Sunday night would not go as planned. Looking to collect a podium finish himself, Vettel’s Ferrari spun out of control while battling Hamilton for position, and would lose its front wing on the back straight as a result, forcing Vettel to pit.

Teenager Lando Norris would once again post an impressive finish for McLaren, finishing sixth in only his second career start. Kimi Raikkonen, Pierre Gasly, Alexander Albon, and Segio Perez would round out the top 10.

Four drivers in total would retire from the race, including Romain Grosjean, who sustained damage on the first lap after tangling with Lance Stroll. Carlos Sainz would also retire due to damage caused by contact with Max Verstappen.

Full results are below. The next race is the Chinese Grand Prix on April 14, the sport’s 1000th world championship race.

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IndyCar releases schedule for 2023 season

IndyCar schedule 2023
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The NTT IndyCar Series’ 2023 schedule will feature the same number of races and tracks as this season with some minor reshuffling of dates.

IndyCar will open the 2023 season March 5 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, and will conclude Sept. 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The 107th Indy 500 will take place May 28 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 17-race schedule will conclude with a stretch of eight races in the final nine weeks.

“The NTT IndyCar Series is on an impactful upward trajectory, making progress at a pace that befits our thrilling style of competition,” Penske Entertainment Corp. president and CEO Mark Miles said in a release. “The 2023 season provides an opportunity to further build on this trend, bringing our sport and its stars to more markets and households and reaching new consumers across the globe.”

There will be 15 events on NBC: 13 races (including six of the final seven) plus Indy 500 qualifying May 20-21. There also are three races on USA Network and the Toronto race exclusively on Peacock. All races on NBC and USA also will have live simulstreams on Peacock.

In partnership with NBC Sports, the 2022 IndyCar season was the most-watched in six years and the most-watched across NBC Sports on record. The 2022 season also was the most streamed season on record.

“We’re very excited for our 2023 NTT IndyCar Series schedule and to build on this past season’s viewership milestones,” NBC Sports vice president of programming Mike Perman said in a release. “In providing comprehensive coverage across NBC, Peacock and USA Network, NBC Sports is once again looking forward to telling the stories of these world-class drivers and this compelling series.”

Notable elements on the 2023 schedule:

–There will be the same balance of seven road course races, five street courses and five ovals.

–St. Pete will be the season opener for the 13th time.

–The Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will move from Belle Isle to the streets of downtown.

–The NASCAR doubleheader weekend at the IMS road course will shift to mid-August.

–The World Wide Technology Raceway event will move from Saturday to Sunday.

Start times for the 2023 events will be announced at a later date.

Here’s the 2023 IndyCar schedule:


Date Race/Track Network/Platform
Sun., March 5 Streets of St. Petersburg NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 2 Texas Motor Speedway NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 16 Streets of Long Beach NBC, Peacock
Sun., April 30 Barber Motorsports Park NBC, Peacock
Sat., May 13 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) NBC, Peacock
Sun., May 28 The 107th Indianapolis 500 NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 4 Streets of Detroit NBC, Peacock
Sun., June 18 Road America USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 2 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course USA Network, Peacock
Sun., July 16 Streets of Toronto Peacock
Sat., July 22 Iowa Speedway – Race 1 NBC, Peacock
Sun., July 23 Iowa Speedway – Race 2 NBC, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 6 Streets of Nashville NBC, Peacock
Sat., Aug. 12 Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Road Course) USA Network, Peacock
Sun., Aug. 27 World Wide Technology Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 3 Portland International Raceway NBC, Peacock
Sun., Sept. 10 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca NBC, Peacock

*dates and networks/platforms are subject to change