F1 Grand Prix Review: Bahrain, Round 4
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F1 Grand Prix Review: Bahrain, Round 4
As the dessert sun sunk lazily behind the dusty horizon, the F1 paddock came to life. As the first engines revved up, we were on the brink of qualifying in the Middle East. Ferrari was the big talking point this weekend where Vettel aimed to get his first pole position for the red team, which would have been the Scuderia’s first in 52 races. Slightly further down the grid, Latin Pastor Maldonado was keen to get his Lotus upfront. Strangely, out of his 80 races thus far in his Formula One career, he has only finished in the points on eight occasions.
Jenson Button hoped his Honda powered McLaren would be fit for a competitive effort this last weekend, but unfortunately his car stopped on his first outing, making it the third time he had pulled over during the weekend. The Mercedes showed early signs of pressure as they started immediately on a set of soft tyres. With the disappointment of Daniil Kvyat, it was Alonso that lifted the spirits for F1 fans as he made his way into Q2 for the first time this season.
Drivers knocked out: Button, Stevens, Kvyat, Mehri and Maldonado.
Nico Hulkenberg diced his way into Q3, an achievement last had at Monza, ten races ago. Just as Romain Grosjean made a pleasant fight to get his Lotus into the final qualifying session as well.
Drivers knocked out: Perez, Nasr, Ericsson, Alonso and Verstappen.
Daniel Ricciardo got into the mix of things along with sister team driver Carlos Sainz Jnr.
|7||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||1:34.691||1:34.403||1:33.832||15|
|8||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1:35.653||1:34.613||1:34.450||15|
|9||55||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1:35.371||1:34.641||1:34.462||18|
|11||11||Sergio Perez||Force India||1:35.451||1:34.704||12|
|15||33||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso||1:35.611||1:35.103||14|
|17||26||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull Racing||1:35.800||6|
Four hundred and ninety poles decorated in 5000 blinding lights illuminate the tarmac below. Lining up on the grid, for the 400m dash to the first turn, Lewis Hamilton was anxious to keep his German rivals, Sebastien Vettel and Nico Rosberg well behind him.
Button’s Honda recovery system had a glitch that the Woking boys weren’t happy with, which resulted in Jenson having to sit out of the race, not without fun though. The 2009 champ live-Tweeted the race from start to finish. Massa, with slightly more fortunate misfortunes started from the pits as he had a fault on the parade lap and could not pull off his Williams. The race started with sparks busily being spat out from the skid blocks underneath the cars.
It was the Ferrari’s and Mercedes fight that stole the show during the race with countless overtakes during the 57 laps. A switch in strategy put Kimi on quicker tyres which vaulted him into a strong position. It was the unusual mistake of Sebastien Vettel which sent the Red Barron back to the pits for a quick repair of the nose, leaving him to finish in fifth. Rosberg’s race was less than impressive as he finished in third, unable to challenge the pace of Ferrari. Hamilton’s victory was flawless. His confidence and ability to stay calm under pressure is a healthy asset for the Briton.
Massa’s start from the pits left him to finish in tenth to put one more point to his name. His flying-fin teammate, Bottas, finished an impressive and much needed fourth.
It was a fine day for the Red Bull squad as both drivers finished in the points. Kvyat secured ninth whilst his Australian partner secured sixth in spectacular fashion, blowing his engine on the final straight. Less spectacularly, he has now blown out his fourth engine for the season and faces an indefinite penalty for future races.
The Enstone team, Lotus, was happy for Grosjean to secure seventh whilst Maldonado finished in front of his own two rivals, Stevens and Merhi, 15th, 16th, 17th respectively. Behind them came the 2X DNF of both Toro Rosso boys and the DNS of Jenson Button.
Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson didn’t finish competitively, but still put on a fiery show for spectators.
Force India seemed to improve as Perez missed out on replicating his 2014 Sakhir podium to put his black and silver machine in eighth.
Alonso continues with no points. He finished 11th.
It was an entertaining race on Sunday. Sparks flew menacingly like a swarm of angry bees, drivers moves were made that much more extravagant. It was great to see the Iceman, Kimi Raikkonen end his 27 race podium drought whilst Hamilton has gone on to win yet another Grand Prix. The number 44 driver is well on his way to beating records of Prost and Senna.
|6||DANIEL RICCIARDO||AUS||RED BULL||+61.751s||8|
|8||SERGIO PEREZ||MEX||FORCE INDIA||+1 lap||4|
|9||DANIIL KVYAT||RUS||RED BULL||+1 lap||2|
|10||FELIPE MASSA||BRA||WILLIAMS||+1 lap||1|
|11||FERNANDO ALONSO||ESP||MCLAREN||+1 lap||0|
|12||FELIPE NASR||BRA||SAUBER||+1 lap||0|
|13||NICO HULKENBERG||GER||FORCE INDIA||+1 lap||0|
|14||MARCUS ERICSSON||SWE||SAUBER||+1 lap||0|
|15||PASTOR MALDONADO||VEN||LOTUS||+1 lap||0|
|16||WILL STEVENS||GBR||MARUSSIA||+2 laps||0|
|17||ROBERTO MERHI||ESP||MARUSSIA||+3 laps||0|
|RT||MAX VERSTAPPEN||NED||TORO ROSSO||DNF||0|
|RT||CARLOS SAINZ||ESP||TORO ROSSO||DNF||0|
Fastest lap – Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1m 36.311s (lap 42)
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Posted on April 20, 2015, in Grand Prix in Review and tagged 2015 F1 Season, Bahrain, Bottas, Carlos Sainz, Dane Hansen, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat, F1, F1 Blog, F1 race review, F1 review, Felipe Nasr, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Force India, Formula 1, Formula One, Freelance, Freelance F1, Grand Prix Preview, Grosjean, Jenson Button, Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton, Lotus, Maldonado, Manor, Marcus Ericsson, Marussia, Massa, Max Verstappen, McLaren, Mehri, Mercedes, Motorsport, Nico Hülkenberg, Nico Rosberg, Red Bull, Sauber, Sebastien Vettel, Sergio Perez, Stevens, The Formula 1 Issue, theformula1issue, Toro Rosso, Williams. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.