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F1 NATION: A Red Bull 1-2, Sainz's podium and Mercedes' race pace – it's our Bahrain Grand Prix review

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Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez completed a Red Bull 1-2 at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, but was their success track-specific? The F1 Nation team are here to assess all the action from the first race of 2024.

From the heart of the paddock Tom Clarkson is joined by 1996 World Champion Damon Hill and ESPN's Juan Fossaroli to discuss what they think the competitive order of the grid looks like following the race in Bahrain.

F1 EXPLAINS: How drivers and teams master the adrenaline-filled start to a Grand Prix

They also look at whether we will see a closer race on a different surface in Saudi Arabia this upcoming weekend.

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Dropping by for a chat on the podcast is Red Bull's Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey as he explains the RB20's strengths and how it compares to last year's record-breaking RB19. You will also hear reaction from the top three finishers in Bahrain – Verstappen, Perez and Carlos Sainz.

Also on the agenda in this episode is whether Charles Leclerc needs to be more ruthless at Ferrari, as well as why Mercedes' race pace fell below expectations. Additionally, the team look at Aston Martin and McLaren and if they are stronger now than at the end of 2023.

There's also discussion on Alpine and what's behind their slow start.

BEYOND THE GRID: Sergio Perez on being stronger in 2024 and why it's so difficult to beat Max Verstappen

Tune into the Bahrain Grand Prix review episode of F1 Nation by hitting go on the audio player above or by clicking here to listen via your preferred podcasting provider.

Want to get your question answered by the F1 Nation gang on a future episode? Simply record it as a voice note and email it to F1Nation@F1.com.

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