Sunday, April 3, 2016

Nico Rosberg wins the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg wins the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg won the Bahrain F1 Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen finished in second position as he did last year. Pole sitter Lewis Hamilton finished in Third. 

Lewis Hamilton again started from the pole for the second time this season and again he lost the lead to his teammate Nico Rosberg. In turn 1 Rosberg squeezed in and then Valtteri Bottas of Williams hit Hamilton from behind. Hamilton went down and then showing his characteristic grit moved up by overtaking other drivers. As defending champion this was a case of limiting damage ie reducing the deficit to Nico Rosberg who is leading the race by virtue of his two back to back wins.

Hamilton chose a different strategy than Rosberg. In the first pit stop, Hamilton shifted to medium tyres whereas Rosberg took the softs. As a result the gap between Rosberg and Hamilton grew. In lap 19, Rosberg was 11.3 seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari, who in turn was 9 seconds ahead of Hamilton.

Disaster stuck Sebastian Vettel in the formation lap and his engine failed. This is his first DNS (Did Not Start) in his Formula 1 career. In the opening lap Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez made contact and Sainz got a puncture. In Lap 10, Jenson Button of McLaren lost the ERS and stopped. In the next lap, Esteban Gutierrez of Haas retired.

Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull finished in 4th. Romain Grosjean of Haas finished in 5th. It was the best finish for the Haas team and confirms that they are going to finish in good position in their debut season.

Verstappen of Toro Rosso finished in 6th. He was followed by Felipe Massa in 7th. Massa was 1 lap down. Daniil Kvyat of Red Bull finished in 8th. Valtteri Bottas of Williams finished in 9th. Vandoorne of McLaren finished in 10th  and last points paying position. Vandoorne was drafted in place of Fernando Alonso who was declared medically unfit for the race. 

Magnussen finished in 11th and was followed by Marcus Ericsson in 12th.Wehrlein of Manor was 13th followed by Felipe Nasr in 14th.

It was a bad day for Force India. Nico Hulkenberg of Force India was 15th followed by Sergio Perez in 16th. Haryanto finished in 17th.

Final Results in Bahrain F1 Grand Prix 2016

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