A German National Anthem played at the podium, and a driver overlooked into the orders of teams, and this is 2014, and one year after the infamous Malaysia Grand Prix, it's all the same story as one team literally dominated the competition. There were only 8 drivers on the lead lap, and that would explain the domination, and this is the story of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes.
It was very tight at the start, and Vettel almost forced Rosberg into the wall, and it was eventually an incident packed opening lap. Pastor Maldonado and Jules Bianchi didn't have the best of it, and Perez's luck lasted only for the warm-up lap, as the Force India driver suffered the Engine related issues, and the team tried desperately hard to get him onto the race, but he ended up a spectator. Force India should be proud of what Hulkenberg did though for his P5, the German was running as high as fourth with his two lap strategy before Alonso on fresher tyres comfortably dispatched him towards the end of the race. Only Kobayashi was the other driver to try the two stop strategy race, and that fetched the Japaneese driver an much needed 13th on the grid, and this is a step up for the team after all the issues that Caterham faced in the opening sessions.
Vettel and Red Bull have really shown tremendous progress since the pre-season testing, and if Renault gets it's act behind the team, I'm not sure if Mercedes can respond back to this level of progress. Vettel in post race press conference also stated that he's happy with the progress shown by the team, and that it's no secret that there's a big work to do in terms of reliability and power, and it was a good result as they finished next to Mercedes and that's what they need to do right until they challenge Mercedes for the wins. It's going to be an interesting stint in Europe, as that's where the teams are expected to bring in massive upgrades, and taking Red Bull lightly is always going to be foolish with the form they showed in the last 4 seasons. Although, things with Ricciardo seems to have just continued from Mark Webber, a botched pit-stop and a front wing failure have not been what the team or the fans would have expected. In case the things go wrong at the FIA Appeal that they have made, Ricciardo should be kicking himself for failing to faults that aren't his own.
Ferrari with Alonso have been the third best team for the weekend, and that's the best that they could have achieved with the form that they are in at the moment. The battle between Ricciardo and Alonso, and Alonso and Hulkenberg were one of the highlights right through the race. Alonso did his part of attacking Ricciardo but didn't have the pace to go past him, and with Hulkenberg, he had the upper hand. Kimi Raikkonen was unfortunate ever since the weather Gods turned against him, as he was on the pace until then, and his first lap incident with Magnussen wasn't entirely his fault either, and he just seem to suffer from the poor luck, but it has to be said that the performance improvement that he showed was impressive when compared to Melbourne.
McLaren have pulled off from Qualifying, as they were clueless from the Free Practice sessions. Jenson Button had a well earned P6, and he was involved in a battle with Williams right throughout the race, and these two teams have been similar form this season, but eventually we have to see who comes out on top, as there could be one winner. It's all early part of the season though. Magnussen was a poster boy after his Melbourne race, but with the team's struggles he fell off the radar, and also his mistake that cost Kimi the race awarded the Danish boy with 5 second stop/go penalty, and that lifted his strengths altogether.
Williams have a lot of stuff to do before their next race, Internal rifts shouldn't and wouldn't be entertained in a team that's trying to lift their name into the elite league. A team with rich heritage would surely know how to deal with the rifts, but the biggest test is also to recover the lost ground to Mercedes. This is one team that was thought to be a pre-season favourite to challenge Mercedes, but lack of rear downforce has affected the team to the core, and the update that they bring to China is going to be crucial. Massa ignored the team orders to allow Bottas through, and Bottas has been itching to get pass him all along, and this isn't the welcome that Massa would have expected in a new team, but the Brazilian would have to lift his form to avoid further embarrassment.
Lotus and Grosjean have done a solid job of finishing the race which was at their priority list, and their next step is to show some kind of improvement which the team's predict would be at Spain, but getting mileage is a priority for the team, and Maldonado was unlucky with no fault on his side.
The Final Cut:
It's a Mercedes domination, and many fans have appreciated the fact that the German Team has made progress and haven't complained of boredom due to this shear domination. This level of biased hatred towards Red Bull is what was being pointed out by the Journalists across the World, if they enjoyed Mercedes domination, Red Bull should have been shared some love as well. And for those who called Vettel with names for ignoring team's strategy, we just hope they're not the same people to call Massa as courageous.
The action kicks forward next weekend at Bahrain, and plenty of cars are expected to be the same. So it could be yet another Mercedes domination or maybe someone is waiting to upset them.