Formula 1 – Bahrain Grand Prix
April 3 2016, Bahrain, 16:00 GMT+0
The season opener at Melbourne’s Albert’s Park ended in Nico Rosberg’s favour, finishing the race 8 seconds before his team mate Lewis Hamilton and beating 3rd placed Sebastian Vettel by 9.643 seconds. With that result Rosberg got his 4rd consecutive win, if you count last season and is hoping to extend winning run here at Bahrain.
It’s safe to say Vettel would have ended in a better position if Ferrari had not used the wrong tyres so we must keep that in mind.
In the last race we have witnessed Fernando Alonso, who has won the Bahrain race on 3 occasions crash at high speed in Melbourne and only suffered a rib injury. WIth that he will sit out this race and might be back in the next round in China.
Now the teams are heading to Bahrain for the second race of the season and we are sure that world championship leader Nico Rosberg will have his goals set to winning 2 races out of 2. Rosberg’s start of the season can be very similar to Lewis Hamilton’s last year’s season, where he won 3 out of first 4 races. If he manages that he can hope to end his wait for becoming world champion. Many people believe that will happen, but I have a different view on this subject.
Winning at this Circuit has proven to be a hard task for Rosberg, as he has failed to do so in recent years. Nico Rosberg failed to make the podium in 2012 and 2013, but he did in fact manage to end at second place in 2014 and 3rd place in 2015. So it’s clear he is improving at this venue. The question is; will Rosberg finally get to the 1st place in Bahrain?
Well some may believe he will win his 2nd race, as he did the 1st one in Melbourne, but in my eyes it was more like Ferrari throwing that race away than the German racer winning it.
After the race, 3rd placed Vettel said “Melbourne was a bit of a weak point for us last year, and we did surprisingly well today. That means that our car is stronger, giving us more opportunities, and that should also work in Bahrain.”
Ferrari has indeed improved and closed the gap between themselves and Mercedes after a terrible 2015 season. I am sure, that if Ferrari team wouldn’t have blundered with tyre strategy at Melbourne, Vettel would have been at the top of Championship standings heading into this race. He has proven us he can win at this venue, as he did in the past so Vettel winning at 3rd of April would not come out as a surprise for me.
Taking all that into consideration I recommend backing up Sebastian Vettel to win this one.
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Prediction: Sebastian Vettel to Win E/W (each-way)
Odds: 7.00 Various