Formula Racing

Bahrain GP – Race Review

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By Armaan Ebrahim


It was a trip back to 2012 at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain with Vettel conquering the desert storm in his usual calm style along with the two Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in 2nd and 3rd places respectively. After some initial tight wheel racing, Vettel managed to overtake the pole leader Rosberg and Alonso in the 2nd lap of the race and there was no looking back for him ever since. Making great use of the tyres, which were key to this race, the Red Bull Racing team managed to have a great pit stop strategy as they have had throughout the last few seasons.

Starting 9th on the grid and finishing 2nd on the podium would be a great result for any driver, but knowing Kimi the way he is, winning is all that matters to him. Lotus’ one stop less strategy by preserving the tyres did wonders for them and with the results at Bahrain, they are a team to beat this season. Ferrari had a technically disastrous race with Massa finishing 15th in the race and Alonso seeing a mechanical failure of his DRS wings which resulted him having an extra drive to the pit lane. He would consider himself lucky to finish 8th and amongst points at Bahrain.

Sahara Force India’s Paul Di Resta had his strongest race of the season thus far. He was pipped by Grosjean towards the end of the race, else we could have had a Force India driver on the podium. Sutil was unlucky to have a puncture just at the start of the race that looked so promising for the Sahara Force Indians. Nevertheless, with a good performance over the weekend, Sahara Force India has announced its arrival on the big stage, and with a better strategy and little more consistency from the drivers, we expect this to be their best season since their arrival in the circuit.

The race saw some interesting battles for the point scoring positions and Sergio Perez and Jenson Button fought it out amongst themselves but ended up finishing 6th and 10th respectively. However, McLarens need to rev up their car and teams at the earliest this season as they could be out of contention for the Constructor’s championship soon. Meanwhile, ex-McLaren driver, Lewis Hamilton had a decent race and would be happy with finishing 5th in the race where his team mate Nico Rosberg should have done better, considering he started from the pole position and ended 9th at the Sakhir circuit.

Now with the races moving to Europe in 20 days time, we could have new and revised strategies for most of the teams and enough time for the drivers to rejuvenate and come back strongly. This could be a very interesting season in the making.

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016

standings

Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes