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2022 Bahrain Thoughts

THE BIG PICTURE: For once, it appears, for now, the best laid plans delivered. The cars can indeed run closer to each other. And though the slipstream isn't as strong as expected, the DRS, for now, will get them over that hump. Which means, for now, the dicing is spectacular.

EVENT: Interesting how it appears more fans, especially from Europe, are showing up in Bahrain.

TRACK: What's with Sakhir and spectacular fires? Well, at least the firemen are getting plenty of experience...

QUALIFYING: Ferrari is for real, Mercedes is indeed in trouble, Bottas still starts right behind Hamilton no matter which teams they are on, Magnussen and Haas stun the field, Alfa Romeo is a positive surprise, McLaren is a negative surprise, and Latifi still can't outqualify a teammate.

RACE: This had everything. Ferrari. Battles. Passing. Dramatic DNFs. Emotion. We can't wait for the other 22 races.

START: Leclerc is ultra aggressive, Verstappen actually plays it safe, Hamilton proves he still has a car for the start, Magnussen continues to shock the field, and Bottas is ... well ... Bottas.

LECLERC: No surprise, when given a fast car, Charles can dominate.

SAINZ: Off the pace, relatively to Leclerc, but that won't be for long.

FERRARI: Forza Ferrari! And their engine also powers the top two midfield teams.

RED BULL: Oof! That's taking it on the chin.

HONDA: Whatever they want to call these engines, three out of four failed. Is Honda's pull out going to have a major impact on their two (former) teams?

HAMILTON: He'll take a podium in that race any day of the week.

RUSSELL: It was one thing to partner Bottas for a one-off. It's another when you have to go up against Hamilton.

MERCEDES: Do they have the slowest engine in the field? Speed traps and results of their eight powered cars seem to indicate that.

MAGNUSSEN: From preparing for the 12 Hours of Sebring to finishing a shocking fifth place two weeks later, that's some return to F1 for Kevin.

SCHUMACHER: We don't want to slag on Mick ... okay, we will ... but can you imagine if Haas not only had Magnussen back, but Romain Grosjean as well?

HAAS: Right now, they are the best of the rest. Let's repeat that again, so it sinks in. Right now, they are the best of the rest.

BOTTAS: Like when he was at Williams, Valtteri shows great promise. But we already saw what he can -- or can't -- do with a top car. Quite a conundrum.

ZHOU: Give the rookie, and first Chinese F1 race driver, credit for a solid points finish in his debut race.

ALFA ROMEO: They looked lost in Barcelona testing. Now, they are serious a contender for fourth.

TSUNODA: Give Yuki credit. A solid, mature drive. But then, he also looked good in last season's opener. Let's see how he handles the grind this time around.

ASTON MARTIN: We would love to be a fly on the wall in Lawrence Stroll's office. On the other hand, maybe not. We'd be the first he would splat.

ALBON: Welcome back to F1, Alex. Less pressure, other than having to live up to Russell's legacy.

MCLAREN: They showed so much promise in the Barcelona test. It started unraveling in the Bahrain test. It totally fell apart in the race weekend. Just wretched.

RICCIARDO: Talking about things falling apart starting at the Bahrain test...

HULKENBERG: The supersub is back. Maybe for one more race?

GASLY: Quite an inferno.

WILLIAMS: They are now back to being at the back.

FIA: Well, we guess we have to wait till this year plays out to see if any of their changes have an affect one way or the other.

F2: Frenchman Theo Pourchaire took the first feature win, but it was the Estonian Juri Vips who was the star. A botched mandatory pit stop from the lead put him in the back of the field. He then stormed back to take the last podium spot. Richard Verschoor took the reverse grid sprint race for the Orange Army.

F3: After the checkered flag flew and the radio congratulations were sent, a late time penalty changed the order for the sprint race, handing victory to Isack Hadjar. While Victor Martins lived up to his name taking the feature win making it a French sweep.

WORD OF THE WEEKEND: Ground effects.

STAT OF THE WEEKEND: 3 -- Out of four (formerly called) Honda powered cars that went kaput.

HISTORICAL STAT OF THE WEEKEND: Ferrari has now won the most Bahrain GPs with their seventh victory to Mercedes' six (Renault and Red Bull have two each). Ferrari won the first race in the Middle East with Michael Schumacher from the pole in 2004. Rubens Barrichello made it a 1-2 for the Prancing Horse. Justin Button (BAR-Honda) rounded out the podium.

TWEET OF THE WEEKEND: From Ferrari before the race: "We're all set. A new era of #F1 racing is about to begin!" Indeed.

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND: Kevin Magnussen describing his recent life, "The craziness just continues."

QUOTE OF THE WEEKEND RUNNERUP: Pierre Gasly about his DNF, "Pretty much a bar-b-que at the back of the car."

SCHEDULE: Weren't we just at Saudia Arabia? Sure seems like it. Some changes made to the track, which actually might make it faster, but also some safety improvements. We shall see.

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RACE RESULTS
  Driver Laps
1. Leclerc 57
2. Sainz 57
3. Hamilton 57
4. Russell 57
5. Magnussen 57
6. Bottas 57
7. Ocon 57
8. Tsunoda 57
9. Alonso 57
10. Zhou(R) 57
11. Schumacher 57
12. Stroll 57
13. Albon 57
14. Ricciardo 57
15. Norris 57
16. Latifi 57
17. Hulkenberg 57
18. Perez 56
19. Verstappen 54
NC Gasly 44

Time of Race
1:37:33.584

Margin of Victory
5.598 secs.

Safety Car
1 for 5 laps

Lead Changes
2 among 2 drivers

Lap Leaders
Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz

Fastest Race Lap
Charles Leclerc

Pole Position
Charles Leclerc

CURRENT STANDINGS
  Driver Pts.
1. Leclerc 26
2. Sainz 18
3. Hamilton 15
4. Russell 12
5. Magnussen 10
6. Bottas 8
7. Ocon 6
8. Tsunoda 4
9. Alonso 2
10. Zhou(R) 1

  Team Pts.
1. Ferrari 44
2. Mercedes 27
3. Haas 10
4. Alfa Romeo 9
5. Alpine 8
6. AlphaTauri 4
 
 

2022 Thoughts
Bahrain Saudi Arabia Australia Emilia Romagna
Miami Spain Monaco Azerbaijan
Canada Great Britain Austria France
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Singapore Japan United States
Mexico City Sao Paulo Abu Dhabi

2021 Thoughts
Bahrain Emilia Romagna Portugal Spain Monaco
Azerbaijan France Steiermark Austria Great Britain
Hungary Belgium Holland Italy
Russia Turkey United States Mexico City
Sao Paulo Qatar Saudi Arabia Abu Dhabi

2020 Thoughts
Austria Steiermark Hungary Great Britain Anniversary
Spain Belgium Italy Tuscany
Russia Eifel Portugal Emilia Romagna
Turkey Bahrain Sakhir Abu Dhabi

2019 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
Mexico United States Brazil Abu Dhabi

2018 Thoughts
Australia Bahrain China Azerbaijan Spain
Monaco Canada France Austria
Great Britain Germany Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Russia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

2017 Thoughts
Australia China Bahrain Russia
Spain Monaco Canada Azerbaijan
Austria Great Britain Hungary Belgium
Italy Singapore Malaysia Japan
United States Mexico Brazil Abu Dhabi

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

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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