High Fives All Round For Rosberg In Bahrain

Nico Rosberg continued his perfect start to the season with another victory in Bahrain to make it five wins out of five dating back to the end of last season. With each passing race, it's becoming clear that something has finally clicked for Rosberg, suggesting that Lewis Hamilton has a huge fight on his hands to retain his drivers' title this year.

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Elsewhere, an encouraging drive from Ferrari suggests that the Scuderia has what it takes to challenge the dominant Mercedes outfit this year, whilst Haas continued a very impressive debut in Formula One with a fifth-placed finish, one better than their P6 in Australia.

Even before every driver had exited the first corner, there was already high drama. Sebastian Vettel suffered an engine blow-out on the parade lap to mean he retired before even seeing any action, whilst Lewis Hamilton got off to yet another awful start and suffered front wing and floor damage turning into the first corner after coming into contact with Valteri Bottas. It couldn't have worked out better for Rosberg in P1, his two nearest challengers suffering heavy blows before the first lap was complete.

The decision to switch this race to the evening time has been an absolute masterstroke. There's nothing quite like watching a Formula One car scurry around a circuit during the night, even if the artificial sparks are a bit too theatrical for my liking. 

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Whilst we look set for a title challenge at the top this year, it's the midfield that is getting me most excited. This looks arguably the strongest midfield we've seen in years in Formula One. There is nothing to separate Williams, Red Bull, Torro Rosso and Force India and Haas so far this year, whilst even Manor is getting in on the action. Pascal Werhlein put in the most impressive drive yesterday with his P12 finish. The only downside from this weekend of racing are the rumours that Sauber, synonymous with the sport, may not have the funds to make it to China in a fortnight's time. After a brilliant day of racing yesterday, it's a stark reminder that we're never too far from the darker, political side of racing. If Sauber are forced to drop out of Formula One after only two races, questions will inevitably be asked about the finances seeping down to the teams.

 

Philip Boeckman

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