It’s a mark of how far Lotus have come since the dark days of Petrov-Senna that finishing second and third in a grand prix isn’t seen as much to shout about any more. Bahrain was graced with strong performances from both drivers, though ultimately each was hampered by a mystifying disappearance of pace in qualifying. Gentle giant Eric Boullier will no doubt be lightly banging tables and politely asking for answers on that one.

Come Sunday afternoon Kimi was as cool and collected as ever, driving his own race on the oh-so tyre-friendly Lotus to secure his third top-two finish in four races – and remain well within reach of points leader Vettel. Grosjean meanwhile added another version to his varied collection of personalities, proving fast but controlled, still a little short of Raikkonen but able to score a vital and confidence-boosting podium. A touch more speed is still required from the Frenchman, but this was the best we’ve seen him since Canada last year.

Bahrain Grand Prix - Sunday
Smiles all round at Lotus F1 Team – credit: Lotus F1 / LAT