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2015 Bahrain Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: Now that Mercedes knows Ferrari's strategy to beat them, they can keep an eye out for it and counter. It's going to make it more difficult for another upset moving forward.

EVENT: Do we really need to continue to waste our time filling in this section for the useless non-attendant Middle Eastern races?

QUALIFYING: Forget his teammate, Rosberg can't beat Ferrari, Hamilton finally gets his Bahrain pole, Williams gets closer to Ferrari, and McLaren's improvement goes for naught for Button.

RACE: Would have been a lot more exciting if we could see the action up front. What was up with that TV coverage? Oh, this may be why...

TRACK: For some reason, this track is producing some nice wheel-to-wheel action since the new regulations.

START: Ferrari tag teams Rosberg, Sainz is extremely aggressive, Ricciardo got the start he wanted, and Maldonado decided to "steal" a spot.

HAMILTON: Yet another virtual flag-to-flag victory where the theme was managing rather than racing.

ROSBERG: Until his brakes let him down, it was all new Nico making some very impressive passing maneuvers.

RAIKKONEN: The old Kimi was on display -- speed, tire management, aggressive -- all at the right times. One or two more laps, and he may have won the race.

VETTEL: A mistake filled race Sebastian would like to forget.

BOTTAS: Valtteri's back is finally 100%, and it showed, capped by a superb effort to keep Vettel behind for 14 laps.

MASSA: It started by not starting on the recon lap, and it went downhill from there.

RICCIARDO: Colin Chapman always believed that if your car did not fall apart as you took the checkered flag, you overbuilt it. Chapman would be proud of the way Ricciardo's engine was built...

KVYAT: Is Daniil overmatched on the senior team?

GROSJEAN: Nice run for Romain, who has been a bit quiet this year.

NASR: Felipe was very entertaining to watch.

MALDONADO: Pastor was not very well liked by his competitors.

SAINZ: Will Renault publicly rip on Toro Rosso for being incompetent dolts? We didn't think so.

RED BULL: Only Red Bull are the champions of public whining, passing blame, and unprofessional behavior.

MCLAREN: Give them credit. They made huge strides since the last race despite not being able to start Button.

GRID: So much for the entire grid making the start...

ROSSI: Alexander is on his best GP2 team in his career. He no longer has any excuses. He must win races. A podium is a nice start despite using up his tires initially getting the lead. But, he has to win races.

CHILTON: What in the world is a former F1 driver (albeit, a buy-a-rider, but still...) doing in Indy Lights? We don't get it.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Brake-by-wire.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 0 -- The number of engine changes left for Daniel Ricciardo after Spain before he suffers grid penalties. And the season is only four races old...

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Bahrain seems to like back-to-back winners. Fernando Alonso did it in 2005 and 2006. Felipe Massa won the next two years. Vettel won in 2012 and 2013 and Hamilton just won his second in a row.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Red Bull's team principal Christian Horner actually does have a sense of humor. About Ricciardo's finish, "His engine seemed to join the firework party in the end."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Ferrari's team principal Maurizio Arrivabene to Kimi Raikkonen concerning a contract extension, "It depends on your performance."

SCHEDULE: Will Alonso score his first points since his return to McLaren on home soil?

Copyright © 2015 by Deep Throttle. All Rights Reserved.



RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Hamilton 57
2. Raikkonen 57
3. Rosberg 57
4. Bottas 57
5. Vettel 57
6. Ricciardo 57
7. Grosjean 57
8. Perez 56
9. Kvyat 56
10. Massa 56
11. Alonso 56
12. Nasr(R) 56
13. Hulkenberg 56
14. Ericsson 56
15. Maldonado 56
16. Stevens(R) 55
17. Merhi(R) 54
NC Verstappen(R) 34
NC Sainz(R) 29
  Button DNS

Time of Race
1:35:05.809

Margin of Victory
3.380 sec.

Safety Car
None

Lead Changes
5 among 3 drivers

Lap Leaders
Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Rosberg

Fastest Race Lap
Kimi Raikkonen

Pole Position
Lewis Hamilton

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Hamilton 93
2. Rosberg 66
3. Vettel 65
4. Raikkonen 42
5. Massa 31
6. Bottas 30
7. Ricciardo 19
8. Nasr(R) 14
9. Grosjean 12
10. Hulkenberg 6
  Verstappen(R) 6
  Sainz(R) 6
13. Ericsson 5
  Perez 5
15. Kvyat 4

  Team Pts.
1. Mercedes 159
2. Ferrari 107
3. Williams 61
4. Red Bull 23
5. Sauber 19
6. Toro Rosso 12
  Lotus 12
8. Force India 11
 
 

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2016 Thoughts
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2015 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore Japan Russia United States
Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2014 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia Bahrain China
Spain Monaco Canada Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan Russia
United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2013 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Great Britain
Germany Hungary Belgium Italy
Singapore South Korea Japan India
Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2012 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi United States Brazil

2011 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Turkey
Spain Monaco Canada Europe
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Japan South Korea
India Abu Dhabi Brazil

2010 Thoughts
Bahrain Australia Malaysia China
Spain Monaco Turkey Canada
Europe Great Britain Germany Hungary
Belgium Italy Singapore Japan
South Korea Brazil Abu Dhabi

2009 Thoughts
Australia Malaysia China Bahrain
Spain Monaco Turkey Great Britain
Germany Hungary Europe
Belgium Italy Singapore
Japan Brazil Abu Dhabi


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