It wasn’t just the 2012 podium that was repeated in Sakhir this Sunday. The pure pace of the Red Bull ahead of anyone else – in clear air though, which was the key factor – brought back memories of just how dominant Sebastian Vettel can be when it all goes his way.

Two key overtakes – one on Fernando Alonso, the other on Nico Rosberg – put him in that oh-so-familiar position of more than a second ahead of anyone else, breaking the DRS zone and seeing him scamper off into the distance. All the action was firmly behind him as others struggled to make tyres and strategies work to their advantage. Vettel just had to keep it on the black stuff.

It was masterful, as we’ve come to expect from the young German. The real conundrum is the fact that neither he, nor the team, are accepting the current state of racing that Pirelli have created. All despite the fact he’s won 50% of the races held this season so far.

There’s just no pleasing some people, is there?

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