2020 Sakhir GP Debrief: Can Perez Still Be Ignored?

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After a spectacular race-winning drive in the 2020 Sakhir GP, can Formula 1 continue to ignore Sergio Perez for 2021? Here’s our race debrief – and it’s a crazy one, of course.

After 10 years and 190 race starts, Sergio Perez is finally a Formula 1 Grand Prix winner. In our Pits to Podium segment, Soumil and Kunal discuss how the Mexican went from P5 to P18 to P1 in the 2020 Sakhir GP. Like Perez, Lance Stroll drove a strong race – but could Racing Point have scored a 1-2 finish?

Also in this debrief episode of the 2020 Sakhir GP: George Russell’s stellar Mercedes debut, Valtteri Bottas’ struggles, Mercedes’ pit-stop embarrassments, maiden career podium for Renault’s Esteban Ocon and all other talking points from one of Formula 1’s most-memorable races of recent times. Should Formula 1 permanently host the Bahrain Grand Prix on the ‘outer’ layout? And has Alexander Albon blown all his chances to a Red Bull Racing seat in 2021? Write to us via our Facebook page. For now, tune in and re-live the crazy 2020 Sakhir Grand Prix!

(Season 2020, Episode 63)

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Kunal Shah

Kunal Shah is an FIA-accredited Formula 1 journalist who has been reporting on Formula 1 for nearly two decades. He worked with the Force India Formula 1 Team for 6 seasons in Marketing, Sponsorship and Commercial roles. As a former single-seater racer, he was responsible for Force India's grassroots talent program, One from a Billion Hunt. Presently, he co-writes a regular Formula 1 column for Firstpost, speaks on Inside Line F1 Podcast & Pits to Podium and produces broadcast/OTT content for NENT Group (Viasport & Viaplay).

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