Bahrain and the season so far
While most people are talking about who’s going to win the Grand National, we all know the only race that really matters this weekend is the Bahrain GP. With two races under our belts we know for certain that a fascinating and controversial season is guaranteed.
The first two races have certainly been a refreshing change or in other words that Vettel guy hasn’t been turning every race into a procession. A retirement after three laps and a third place isn’t what Seb is used to and he’s already started moaning about the new engines being used this season. Not about how efficient or inefficient they are though but how much noise they make.
That’s been a big talking point this season and I still have a chuckle when watching Bernie Ecclestone being interviewed about it in Malaysia and having to try and get a word in edgeways with the promoter of the Malaysian race in hyper mode. You could almost see Bernie shake with fear when it was suggested F1 reduce their fees if the noise wasn’t increased. That’s more a spectator problem really though isn’t it? What would you rather have? Uncompetitive cars that drown out you moaning to your friends “That Vettel’s going to win again.” Or watching potentially closer fought races with there being a slight reduction in noise. We’re all used to the great sound of the racing cars but it’s something that will surely be improved upon in the races to come.
More important is how the teams are actually performing this season and in two races so far Mercedes have definitely got the upper hand with wins for Rosberg and Hamilton. That 1-2 finish in Malaysia was the first time they’d achieved that since 1955. Could all the changes that have been made simply resulted in replacing Red Bull dominance with Mercedes dominance? Lewis Hamilton has already described his Mercedes as the best car he’s ever driven. That ultra convincing win in Malaysia was achieved with the least amount of fuel used.
There’s a long way to go until we get to that double points race (a bit like the joker in ‘It’s a Knockout’ but definitely without Stuart Hall). Red Bull made some great strides in Malaysia and Vettel will be chasing a hat-trick of wins in Bahrain.
It’s a night race this year and they are always a great spectacle, actually it always reminds me of my days playing Scalextric as a child. Switching the lights off and putting on my subbuteo floodlights always thrilled me but then again I was only seven so easily pleased.
Can Mercedes get a third straight win this weekend and if that does happen is it good for the sport? You sense that Mercedes need to get as many points in the bag while they have superiority over the other teams. Hopefully as the season pans out a more level playing field will develop.
Jenson Button has come out this week and said his McLaren, despite being reliable, (both McLaren’s have completed the last 21 races), simply isn’t fast enough. Lotus will just hope to get both cars to the finish and avoid being lapped, Williams will hope that team orders might actually get obeyed and Ferrari just hopes for improvement here, there and everywhere. That’s enough to ensure another fascinating weekend on the F1 circuit that we all know and love.