So round two is over and what a race it was! Weather, overtakes, contact and battles galore up and down the field. It was great to see Red Bull show some pace and appear like they could yet make the top step if the development race swings in their favour. Ferrari meanwhile had a much less spectacular Sunday; Vettel drove well however couldn't challenge Hamilton. Raikkonen was once more non-existent, leading to the recurring question of is it time to hang up the gloves?
It wasn't just Kimi who struggled however. Valtteri Bottas had arguably the worst weekend of his career. Now I'm sure you're thinking a spin is hardly a disaster even for a man who's been hailed as a master of the wet weather since debuting in 2013 (see qualifying in Canada as a key example), however for the Finn to be referred to on his radio as 'Nico' is far from promising. Not only is it a real embarrassment for his engineer, but with critics already hailing him as a stop gap this simple slip of the tongue could be well adding fuel to the fire and he will need a big race soon to get the critics off his back.
Finally though let's end on a positive, strategy. To see all bar a brave Carlos Sainz start on intermediate tyres we instantly knew something special could be on the cards. An early crash for Perez and Stroll brought out cautions which then encouraged some drivers to make the jump to slicks. All bar Giovinazzi managed to keep it on the island as his fall from grace continued.
Come the end of the safety car though we saw all cars on slicks and that was surely that? Wrong. The Red Bull two stop compared to Ferrari's one stop created some battles on track such as Ricciardo and Vettel's wheel banging and Verstappen gaining hugely to take a podium. Let's hope Bahrain also has far too much action to get into one paragraph.
Looking Forward - Bahrain:
Pascal Wehrlein is back and it's time to see how he fares in his second season. Sauber look decent at this stage and Pascal's one lap pace could get them some fantastic track positions at the start of the race. Could that be a magic spark that earns them a point if the attrition rate increases?
It's time now to start seeing some drivers match their team mates. Palmer's spin under a safety car is a key reminder that he doesn't have much backing of the fans or media. Likewise neither Finn is performing up to scratch at present, could this change in Bahrain?
Will Force India get another double points finish?
Who will get the advantage, Vettel or Hamilton?
Can Finnish drivers Bottas and Raikkonen overhaul their talented team mates before number 1 status is decided?
With a dry race almost guaranteed in the desert will Red Bull oncemore fall off the podium?
Finally will McLaren reach the chequered flag?
Finally the predictions.
Pole Position - Lewis Hamilton
Race Win - Sebastian Vettel
Podium - Vettel, Hamilton, Bottas
Driver of the Day - Esteban Ocon
Fastest Pit Stop - Williams
First Crash - Stoffel Vandoorne
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by Matthew Gannon