The much-hyped Chinese Grand Prix came and went and Mercedes and Hamilton Lewis again just showed that they’re the team to beat this season with Ferrari confirming that they are indeed the closest rivals by scoring a third- and fourth place behind the Silver Arrows. Would Ferrari be able to step it up just one more notch to close the gap and challenge for race wins or would they have to rely on Hamilton and Rosberg to make mistakes?
This weekend the Formula One show moves to Bahrain where fans will hope to see even more action than in last year’s “Duel in the Desert” between Hamilton and Rosberg. This time around we are likely to see four contenders as Kimi Raikkonen will be eager to add to his six podiums in Bahrain, more than any other driver. The odds would be in Ferrari’s favour because of the warmer temperatures as well as their good record. The red cars has four victories, also more than any other team so far. Would they be able to capitalise on it?
Down the grid we’ll find a few ambitous young drivers with the likes of Daniel Ricciardo, Valteri Bottas, Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen looking to impress. One can’t help but to feel sorry for Fernando Alonso who finds himself at the bottom end of the grid in a McLaren team which is really struggling this season. They are literally nowhere in terms of race pace and Alonso must be kicking himself every time he sees the Ferrari’s go past as his previous team is now one of the front-runners in the Championship.
The Bahrain International Circuit first saw a Formula One race in 2004 and since has been a regular fixture on the calendar except for 2011 when it was cancelled due to human rights-protests. We will see 57 laps around the 5.4 kilometre track and the best of all, it’s another night-race under floodlights which adds to the viewing experience.
One would expect Mercedes to be the favourites, but I am sure there are many who would love to see an upset in the desert. Ferrari is on a charge, but in the right circumstances Red Bull and Williams can also put one over the front-runners.