Bahrain Grand Prix 2015
Formula One, 19 Apr, 2015 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX (Sakhir)
Best Quali Team Mercedes
3 DNF's of 20 starters
|10||DNF||C. Sainz Jnr||Mechanical|
|20||DNS||J. Button||ERS Failure|
* indicates fastest lap
Qualifying - The Grid
Ferrari looked set to challenge the Mercedes dominance from the first practice as Kimi Raikkonen passed Nico Rosberg into the first corner. With the Mercedes pace advantage against Ferrari’s better tyre preservation the race descended into a battle of strategy. As Vettel dropped back following a nose change Raikkonen was left at the end to challenge Rosberg for second.
Rosberg’s brakes failed on the second to last lap dropping him back from a late charging Kimi Raikkonen. Despite a late failure from Hamilton’s brakes on the final lap he was able to control the issue to the finish and his third race win of 2015.
It’s the first night race of the year and the cooling desert temperatures provide a switch in environment for the drivers, as does the the constant sheen of sand that keeps the track slippy.
The track is tight and twisting with long straights and several key overtaking points, with painted decals to jazz up the track sides, breaking up the desert view.
The ‘Bore-rain’ of the past was forgotten as battles took place up and down the grid as the unforgettable battle between Hamilton and Rosberg ended with Hamilton eventually taking the win.