It was an ideal begin to 2023 for Verstappen, whose maiden win in Bahrain by no means regarded doubtful as he trailed dwelling team-mate Sergio Perez by 12 seconds for a Crimson Bull brace.
Nevertheless it was Alonso who grabbed the headlines with a superb drive to take third place on the rostrum.
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The 2-time world champion recovered from a gradual begin to overtake Mercedes pair George Russell and Lewis Hamilton, earlier than stalking and passing Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz to safe the ultimate place on the grandstand.
Alonso was helped in his race for the rostrum by a retirement from Charles Leclerc, whose Ferrari suffered a suspected engine failure within the closing levels.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton took fifth forward of runner-up Aston Martin of Lance Stroll, who continues to be recovering from a damaged wrist and toe in a pre-season biking accident.
Russell completed seventh forward of Alfa Romeo’s Valtteri Bottas and Alpine’s Esteban Ocon, whereas Alex Albon sealed a degree for Williams to finish the highest 10.