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HIGHLIGHTS: Watch all the action from the Bahrain GP as the fight for victory went down to the last lap

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Formula 1 fans have been crying out for Red Bull to build Max Verstappen a car that would allow him to properly challenge Lewis Hamilton, and in the RB16B they seem to have delivered.

The Dutchman took a brilliant pole on Saturday, and got off the line to lead ahead of his Mercedes rival in the early stages of the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix.

Different tactics between the two teams then set up an absolutely thrilling battle between the two in the final laps of the race, with the young pretender to the crown hunting down the seven-time champ as the laps ticked down.

RACE REPORT: Hamilton wins epic season opener by 0.7s after thrilling battle with Verstappen in Bahrain

Verstappen even managed to get past Hamilton with just a handful of laps remaining, but had gone too wide in doing so and had to give the place back, with Hamilton then holding him off to the flag.

Hit play on the video above to see all the key moments from a superbly entertaining and tense opening race of the 2021 season.

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