Join Paul and me as we review the Bahrain Grand Prix. We discuss each team as they finished and even chat about that super cool new qualifying format as well as Haas F1 and even offer some awards which may or may no be the same as you voted.
Rosberg led from the start as team mate Lewis Hamilton got away poorly from pole position and then tangled with Valtteri Bottas at the first corner.
Hamilton recovered to third place despite carrying damage on his car. The two Mercedes were split by Kimi Raikkonen, the Ferrari driver also getting away poorly at the start.
But Raikkonen’s race at least began better than team mate Sebastian Vettel’s did. The other Ferrari expired halfway around the formation lap, and Vettel didn’t even start.
Daniel Ricciardo was also involved in the Hamilton-Bottas collision but recovered to claim fourth place. Romain Grosjean went one better for Haas in the team’s second race by finishing fifth after an attacking drive on a three-stop strategy.
In the final laps Max Verstappen was bearing down on him but the Toro Rosso driver ran out of time to catch him. Daniil Kvyat captured seventh by springing an attack on Felipe Massa as the pair were lapped by Rosberg – Massa having fallen from second place on the first lap.
Bottas collected a drive-through penalty for the collision with Hamilton which left him ninth. Stoffel Vandoorne earned a point on his debut for McLaren but team mate Jenson Button retired early on.
Rosberg’s win means he now holds a 17-point lead in the championship over Hamilton.
The world champion who took pole, managed to beat Mark Webber’s time set ten years ago.
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Ferrari appeared in a position to challenge until the final laps, when the Mercedes stretched their legs to go half a second clear of the red cars.
Sebastian Vettel will start third ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.
The world champion subsequently escaped punishment for reversing in the pit lane, which could have seen him stripped of pole.
But stewards only handed Hamilton a reprimand, after governing body the FIA said “no clear instruction was given on where he should park”.
Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne out-qualified McLaren team-mate Jenson Button on his Formula 1 debut.
The German was fastest in both sessions on Friday, ending the qualifying simulations in the evening 0.241secs quicker than the world champion.
Jenson Button was an encouraging third fastest for McLaren-Honda, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were fifth and sixth, well over a second down on Mercedes.
Vettel did start his race-simulation run on the ‘soft’ tyres promisingly, lapping at a pace close to Mercedes for the first time all day.
But before a full picture emerged of the two cars’ comparative pace the Ferrari ground to a halt out on track with 15 minutes of the session remaining.
Vettel told the team over the radio that the rear left wheel was not properly attached to the car.
After getting out of the car, he added that the team were not yet sure what had happened.