Following a commanding season last year, Max Verstappen continued his winning streak by clinching victory in Bahrain to open the 2024 Formula 1 season.

In Jeddah, Verstappen secured pole position for the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix and dominated the race, with only a brief challenge from Lando Norris during a safety car period. Sergio Perez finished second after an early battle with Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.

The Melbourne race saw a shake-up as Verstappen and Hamilton retired early. Carlos Sainz won the race, leading a Ferrari one-two alongside Charles Leclerc, with Norris completing the podium.

Verstappen bounced back in Japan, winning from pole for the 30th time in his career, and followed it up with another victory in China.

Chasing a third consecutive win, Verstappen was bested by Norris in Miami, where the McLaren driver secured his first Formula One victory. At Monaco, Charles Leclerc finally triumphed at his home grand prix, narrowing the gap in the drivers’ standings.

Verstappen returned to winning form in Canada, with Mercedes showing progress as they achieved their first podium of the year.

The Dutchman seemed set for another victory, but a late collision with Norris allowed George Russell to win his first race of the season and the second of his F1 career.

The Sporting News will keep you updated on the standings for both the Drivers’ and Constructors’ World Championships this season.

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