The second round of the 2016 Formula 1 season started to heat up on the parade lap, when dour-times World Champion Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari confirmed rumors about the team’s reliability woes by letting go in dramatic fashion.
When the lights finally did go out, Bottas and Massa made fantastic starts in their Williams Mercedes- and got close enough to the leading Mercedes for Bottas to jam his car firmly into the side of Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes-AMG Hybrid. The collision forced Hamilton sideways, allowing several cars past and giving Nico Rosberg the break he needed to power off into the distance for his first win in Bahrain, his second win of 2016, and his fifth consecutive win in a row.
Hamilton eventually recovered and brought his Mercedes home in third, with Daniel Ricciardo driving his TAG-Heuer Renault-engined Red Bull home in fourth after a number of thrilling on-track battles. That includes one with young Max Verstappen in the junior Toro Rosso Ferrari, who finished well in the points in sixth place.
Another young driver who had a good weekend was Stoffel Vandoorne. In for the injured Alonso, Vandoorne can sum up his first-ever Formula 1 weekend by saying that he out-qualified a World Drivers’ Championship-winning teammate before finishing ahead of him in the race itself. Vandoorne now has 1 championship point to his credit in 2016. As of this writing, that’s 1 more than his teammates– the afore-mentioned Jenson Button and the legendary Fernando Alonso.
So, yeah- heck of a weekend for Vandoorne.
The big story of the weekend, though, had to be Romain Grosjean’s fifth-place finish in the American Haas F1 car’s second-ever race. There’s no way to overstate what an incredible achievement a finish that deep in the points is for a new team, so- bravo. I guess.
You can see how the 2016 Bahrain GP shook out for the rest of the teams and drivers in the handy-dandy results chart, below, then let us know what you thought of this morning’s racing action in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
|DANIEL RICCIARDO||3||RED BULL RACING||4|
|MAX VERSTAPPEN||33||TORO ROSSO||6|
|DANIIL KVYAT||26||RED BULL RACING||7|
|NICO HULKENBERG||27||FORCE INDIA||15|
|SERGIO PEREZ||11||FORCE INDIA||16|
|CARLOS SAINZ||55||TORO ROSSO||DNF|
Source | Images: Formula 1, Fox Sports.