There were so many thrills and dramas playing out during the 2014 Bahrain GP that I hardly know where to start. Despite all the action, however, the biggest thrill was probably Esteban Gutierrez’ wild ride after being punted off the track by Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado who- apparently- still has his head stored securely between his own buttocks. You can check out the horrific-looking crash, above, and see the final Bahrain race results, below.
|Driver No.||Driver||Team||Grid Pos.|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||3|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing-Renault||4|
|27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||5|
|1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||6|
Did you happen to notice that 3rd place finisher? That’s Sergio Perez- who was unceremoniously let go from McLaren-Mercedes at the end of last season, the team’s poor 2013 showing having been unfairly blamed on the young Mexican, who put in a thrilling drive to prove himself the best of the non Silver Arrow “class” of drivers at Bahrain today. The McLaren team that was too good for Perez? Both cars suffered retirements after slipping far enough back in the pack to have been out of the points, anyway.
Speaking of drivers who might have felt the need to prove themselves, Felipe Massa out-drove both of his former Ferrari teammates and the promising young rookie Valtteri Bottas to a hard-fought and well-earned 7th place finish. Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, also, stamped their #1 status on their respective teams, which brings us to young Daniel Ricciardo and his pouty-faced, quadruple world champion team mate.
So out-classed and out-driven by his new team mate was Vettel, that his team came on the radio and issued the following message …
— Jo Borras (@mojojojoborras) April 6, 2014
… which I (happily, if not giddily and/or maniacally) quoted, and which immediately led to a lot of similarly inspired stuff like this …
I bet Fettel is vucking vurious. #F1
— Sniff Petrol (@sniffpetrol) April 6, 2014
… cluttering up my (increasingly hilarious) Twitter feed.
So, what I’m saying is that you missed a tremendous day of racing in Bahrain. Even if you’ve already seen and memorized the full 2014 Bahrain race results, if you’re a Formula 1 fan you absolutely owe it to yourself to try to find this race in re-run or on YouTube. It simply hadn’t been any better than this in years!