Ferrari achieved a 1-2 finish at the Bahrain Grand Prix with Felipe Massa leading teammate Kimi Raikkonen. After a “could-have-been-1-2” at the Malaysian Grand Prix, this race certainly showed that Ferrari has the most comprehensive package of all the teams. Pre-season testing here might have helped them a bit but there’s no denying the fact that they had the quickest cars on track. Massa outgunned pole-sitter Kubica at the start and sped off into the lead with Kimi fast on his heels. Kimi managed to pass Kubica a few laps later and the order remained thus. BMW had a terrific day on-track as Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld finished 3rd and 4th respectively. Pole position, 11 points plus the lead of the Constructors’ Championship – not a bad day at all by any means.
McLaren though, did have a pretty bad day, with Lewis Hamilton having a sluggish start to the race and dropping down to 10th before clobbering the back of Fernando Alonso and having to pit for new nose wing and a tank-full of fuel. He eventually finished 13th, well outside the points and relinquishes the lead of the Drivers’ Championship to Kimi Raikkonen. The lone silver lining for McLaren was Heikki Kovalainen’s 5th place finish and the fastest lap of the race. Toyota’s Jarno Trulli finished 6th with Red Bull’s Mark Webber in 7th place and Williams’ Nico Rosberg taking up the final point in 8th place.
Force India had a decent race wherein their target of finishing a race was achieved, and in a good fashion as Giancarlo Fisichella finished a creditable 12th (ahead of Hamilton 😛 ) but teammate Adrian Sutil had an off day again – he finished 19th and last. Honda too had a bright day with their car showing some good pace but Button was unfortunate to get into a tangle with Coulthard and had to drop out. Barrichello finished 11th though.
F1 now moves over to Europe – for the Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona on the 27th – and this is when most of the teams are supposed to bring into effect their latest changes and advancements. Ought to be fun. Will Ferrari continue to dominate or will McLaren pull up a few tricks outta their sleeve? Or will BMW steal a march over these two warring horses? Only time will tell…