Could Lewis Hamilton still Reign in Bahrain?

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Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2014, but with the newly improved Ferrari in contention, could he do it again? Read on to find out more.

Could Lewis Hamilton still Reign in Bahrain?

2014 was a great year for Lewis Hamilton, not only did he win the world championship drivers title, but he also became BBC Sports Personality of the year. Amongst his 11 wins was Bahrain, although he won it, he had never been able to qualify in pole position. This year he vowed to try and rectify that, but with the newly improved Ferrari now in very close contention, and arguably better on tyre wear, one wondered if that would be possible.

During first practice he was not the fastest, it was Raikennon, then later his team mate Rosberg. But by the time the final practice came round, Lewis seemed to have got himself together to mount a challenge, and he clocked the fastest time. Sometimes i practice, drivers do not go all out to win, they test their tyres, and their long runs, and on qualifying day, it can be a totally different result.

On Qualifying Day

Lewis had a good day, he dominated each part of qualifying, and then made pole position in the final part. His team mate Rosberg said he was trying to look after his tyres in P2, and this resulted in him being beaten into third place by Vettel, who qualified ahead of him.

During the interviews afterwards Lewis spoke about the immediate threat from Ferrari, and how the track temperature, together with a good strategy could work in their favour, and against his team, Mercedes. He promised he would push as hard as he possibly, could, but conceded it would be a very tough race.

On Race Day

Lewis had a great start, and immediately pulled away. Unfortunately Rosberg got boxed in and dropped into fourth. Vettel was up into second. Lewis pulled away, giving himself a commanding lead, that was until he came in for his pit stop. There was a problem with a wheel nut, which kept him in longer than necessary, so when he came out his lead was gone, and Rosberg and Vettel were within striking distance, ready to pounce and pass him.

So he had to work harder again to build up another lead of about six seconds, he kept calm and controlled the race, only going flat out when necessary, in order to save his tyres.

Rosberg worked hard to get back with him, and did some great overtaking manoeuvres with Vettel and Raikennon. He managed eventually to claim second place, some six seconds behind. Vettel damaged the wing of his car during the race, so when he came in for a new one, it meant he had lost the chance of a podium finish.

Raikennon then seized his opportunity, and with a fresh set of tyres he managed to hunt down and pass Rosberg to claim second. Both Lewis and Rosberg had brake problems less than two laps before the end, but luckily Lewis was so far ahead he did not lose position. Rosberg blamed this fault as the reason why he had to settle for third, although Ferrari had predicted earlier in the race that Raikennon would catch up with him at some point.

Lewis cruised to victory, making this the third race out of four he has won this year. I think that Vettel and Raikennon will be fighting it out to be on the podium this year, and Lewis and Rosberg have to keep working hard to stop themselves from being beaten. At the moment, Lewis is in top form, long may it continue.
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author avatar WOGIAM
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

I watched the race and have to say that all the drivers performed very well, however, my money is on the Mercedes Team to still top the charts this year, kudos to the Ferrari as the boys are talented drivers also.

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author avatar Carol
22nd Apr 2015 (#)

Yes Wogiam I agree too.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
11th May 2015 (#)

Great coverage Carol. The race is far from over with more excitement on the way - siva

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author avatar Carol
13th May 2015 (#)

Yes Rosberg has won this week, just wish I had time to do the blog

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