Sebastian Vettel was back to his dominant best in Bahrain, the only ‘blip’ seeing him start second behind Nico Rosberg, the unexpected pole-sitter. Not many people foresaw that a Mercedes would start from the front of the grid and even Ross Brawn looked mildly surprised. Vettel stormed to the front and stayed there during the race, securing the fastest lap in the process. Mark Webber endured a tougher afternoon, battling in the pack and finishing seventh.
Ferrari had an afternoon to forget and the fantasy points they scored mirrored it. Fernando Alonso picked up four points for finishing eighth, after his DRS stopped working and Felipe Massa scored nothing having dropped down the order after two punctures. Lotus on the other hand were the team of the day for fantasy points. Both Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean started eighth and eleventh respectively, but after superb drives, finished second and third on the podium. This gave them bonus points galore on top of strong race points.
We have to mention the great drive by Paul Di Resta that saw him finish fourth – giving him a decent points haul. Lewis Hamilton had a relatively quiet drive as he nursed his tyres, but he made his way up the order to gain some valuable bonus points, having started the race lower than expected after a gearbox change.
Sergio Perez looked the feistier of the McLaren boys in Bahrain and was rewarded with his best race of the season, finishing sixth. Having started twelfth, some good bonus points lifted his score, whilst Jenson Button started and finished tenth – just one point his reward.
Of the lower order, only Pastor Maldonado and Esteban Gutierrez managed to score some good bonus points for making up places. With fewer retirements these days due to great reliability, it is hard for the smaller teams to make decent gains.
We now wait for the F1 circus to return to Europe – bring it on!