Sparks fly in Bahrain

Sparks fly in Bahrain


The second race of the 2018 Formula 1 season was a spectacle unlike anything we have seen at the Sakhir circuit in a very long time. Ferrari began locking out the two starting positions, with championship leader Sebastian Vettel on pole position, followed by fellow veteran driver Kimi Raikkonen.

Vettel would prove to be the dominant force in the race again, claiming first position after leading for the majority of the race and holding off an unrelenting assault from Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.


The Red Bull team was dealt a tough hand in Bahrain as a spectacular series of events led to both their drivers dropping out of the race within two laps of the start. The team was facing troubles in Q1, as Max Verstappen crashed out on turn 2, which resulted in the Dutchman qualifying 15th for the start of the race.

On lap 2, Verstappen made a bold move against Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes, which resulted in a collision that punctured Verstappen’s left rear tire. Before even reaching the pit lane, Verstappen limped past his teammate Daniel Ricciard, who had come to a stop on the runoff area on the side of the track. Onboard footage from Ricciardo’s car showed a sudden and complete loss of power, resulting in his car being towed back to the pits and Ricciardo having to drop out of the race altogether.

Verstappen showed little contrition prior to the impact with Hamilton, as he was adamant that he left Hamilton room to manoeuvre. Perhaps not surprisingly, Hamilton displayed even less contrition, calling Verstappen a ‘d***head’ in conversation.

If you listen closely, you can hear Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner crying.


While Ferrari’s Vettel had a spectacular race, the same could not be said for his teammate, Kimi Raikkonen; who upon leaving his second pit stop accidentally ran over the right leg of one of his mechanics, leaving the man with a double fracture.

Further analysis of the pit stop revealed that Raikkonen was given the signal to leave the pit too early, and ran right over the mechanic’s leg. The incident forced Raikkonen to retire from the race and was later seen in the back of the Ferrari pit garage chucking a water bottle against a wall in frustration.


The Torro Rosso team had a lot of ground to make up after engine troubles at the Australian Grand Prix, and rookie driver Pierre Gasly rose to the occasion; Finishing an astonishing 4th position, ahead of veteran drivers Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg.

Not only was this his best finish thus far, but also the best finish for Honda after having partnered with Torro Rosso following their split from McLaren. Gasly also won the driver of the day poll by a margin of 89%. Torro Rosso has high hopes for the coming weekend in Shanghai, but they still have ground to make up.

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