FORMULA 1 – Bahrain GrandPrix 2016 World Championship:
After Vettel’s car engine went up in flames, and after Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas collided on the first corner, Nico Rosberg took advantage and secured his fifth Grand Prix victory in a row.
Hamilton started the race on pole position but was second behind Rosberg by the first corner, then he was hit by Valtteri Bottas, dropping him to seventh position.
Struggling with slow-start, and the first-minute collision with Valtteri Bottas, causing damage to his car which cost him between 0.8-1.5 seconds a lap, dropped to seventh position, though unable to catch Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in second, but with his damaged Mercedes bodywork, Hamilton recovered well and secured a very respectable third position.
Vettel’s had a worse night as his engine failed on the formation lap, before the race had even started, denying the enthusiastic racing fans the chance to see expected challenge he might have mounted against Mercedes duo of Lewis and Nico.
At one time, Raikkonen’s battled his own concerns when he dropped to fifth, but he fought past Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and the two Williams cars of Felipe Massa and Bottas, and by the seventh lap, he was second, 12 seconds behind leader, Rosberg.
Rosberg maintained the lead finishing 10 seconds clear of everybody.
Kimi Raikkonen secured the second spot, while Hamilton, with damaged car, battled his way to third position.
In his reaction, Lewis Hamilton said he was “not worried” about his difficult start to the Formula 1 season.
Hamilton had slow-start in the first 2 races of the season (in Australia and Bahrain), but he said that his starting problems were “not a big issue”, adding: “It is something we’ll fix for the next race.” Not minding the concerns, Lewis said that he actually pretty chuffed” about finishing third in Bahrain after a first-lap collision.
Hamilton said his poor start in Australia two weeks ago was caused by a clutch problem, while his reaction time “caused the delay” in Bahrain.
Asked whether he was concerned about having to make up ground to Rosberg, just as he did on his way to the title in 2014, he said: “Don’t worry about it, I’m not.”
He added: “This is a psychological game for sure, but with age and experience I’m in the most solid place I’ve been. There’s very little that can penetrate that.
“We easily had the pace to win. We didn’t. We all feel the pain, but I just said to the guys: ‘There is a long way to go; let’s not worry about it.’
“I know it will come good. We’ve had two poles and we’ll get more.”
Rosberg, whose victory in Bahrain was his fifth in a row, said: “I’m just enjoying the moment, fighting for wins, knowing I’m going to be fighting for the win in China. I’m really not looking ahead.”
However, he said Mercedes were concerned about Ferrari, whose lead driver Sebastian Vettel retired before the start with an engine failure.
“They showed good pace,” Rosberg said. “They are close and they haven’t shown what they can do because of various mishaps in the races so far.
“They are coming at us strong and we need to be careful.”
With his 16th win for Nico Rosberg, he equals grand prix victories as Stirling Moss. There are other similarities between them;
– both being the most successful drivers of all time that havent won a world championship.
– both scored their first wins with Mercedes.
With fifth consecutive victory, Rosberg joins the rank of only eighth drivers in world championship history to do so.
The elite driver’s club includes:
|Sebastian Vettel||9||Belgium 2013 – Brazil 2013|
|Alberto Ascari||7||Belgium 1952 – Argentina 1953.|
|Michael Schumacher||7||Europe 2004 – Hungary 2004|
|Michael Schumacher||6||Italy 2000 – Malaysia 2001|
|Michael Schumacher||5||Australia 2004 – Spain 2004|
|Jack Brabham||5||Netherland 1960 – Portugal 1960|
|Jim Clark||5||Belgium 1965 – Germany 1965|
|Nigel Mansell||5||South Africa 1992 – San Marino 1992|
|Lewis Hamilton||5||Italy 2014 – USA 2014|
|Nico Rosberg||5||Mexico 2015 – Bahrain 2016|
FINAL STANDING of Bahrain International Circuit – April 3, 2016 – 57 laps – 192 miles:
|Leaderboard – Final||Points||Time/Lag||Avg. mph|
|1||Nico Rosberg – Mercedes||25||1:33:34.696||197.949|
|2||Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari||18||+10.282 Sec||197.587|
|3||Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes||15||+30.148 Sec||196.892|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull||12||+1:02.494 Sec||195.77|
|5||Romain Grosjean – Haas||10||+1:18.299 Sec||195.227|
|6||Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso||8||+1:20.929 Sec||195.137|
|7||Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull||6||–||194.44|
|8||Felipe Massa – Williams||4||–||194.355|
|9||Valtteri Bottas – Williams||2||–||194.115|
|10||Stoffel Vandoorne – McLaren||1||–||194.016|
|11||Kevin Magnussen – Renault||0||–||193.402|
|12||Marcus Ericsson – Sauber||0||–||193.135|
|13||Pascal Wehrlein – Manor||0||–||193.048|
|14||Felipe Nasr – Sauber||0||–||192.842|
|15||Nico Hulkenberg – Force India||0||–||192.805|
|16||Sergio Perez – Force India||0||–||192.743|
|17||Rio Haryanto – Manor||0||–||192.1|
|18||Carlos Sainz Jr. – Toro Rosso||0||–||187.234|
|19||Esteban Gutierrez – Haas||0||–||187.234|
|20||Jenson Button – McLaren||0||–||194.545|
|21||Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari||0||–||–|
|22||Jolyon Palmer – Renault||0||–||–|