As with every race, we handpick five drivers who were class apart from the rest of the field in Bahrain.
After all the criticism Wehrlein received for missing the first two races of the season, the German was immediately on the pace, making it to Q2 and outqualifying a Force India to book the 13th spot on the grid.
On Sunday, he was the only driver to execute a one-stop strategy. Despite worn tyres, he was able to fend off Daniil Kvyat and Jolyon Palmer to finish on the cusp of points in 11th.
Romain Grosjean secured another points finish for Haas with a calm and composed drive.
After hitting the barriers in practice, Grosjean put together a decent lap to propel himself into Q2
In the race, he lost out to Perez because of the safety car, but was able to pass Hulkenberg to secure four crucial championship points,
Felipe Massa got the most out of his machinery in the Bahrain Grand Prix, finishing best of the rest in sixth place.
After qualifying eighth, he dispatched Hulkenberg early on in the race, and gained another position when Max Verstappen retired with a brake failure.
While chasing Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo would have been too much to ask for he, did finish only 15 seconds behind the latter.
After qualifying 18th on the grid, not many would have expected Perez to finish in the points on Sunday. Yet the Mexican, one of the star drivers of 2016, managed to continue his points-scoring streak with a pulsating drive to seventh place.
The first lap was crucial, with Perez picking up five places to catapult himself into 13th place. He was also good on conserving his tyres, extending his first stint long enough to take advantage of the safety car.
Once the caution period was over, Perez was quick to react, overtaking his former teammate Hulkenberg with a brake move to take eighth spot - a position he would hold until the end fo the race.
Although he finished eight seconds behind Massa, his result, combined with Esteban Ocon’s third 10th place finish in a row, proved enough for Force India to jump Toro Rosso and Williams to move up to fourth in the standings.
Sebastian Vettel made a good start from third on the grid, passing Lewis Hamilton at turn 1 to place himself between the two Mercedes drivers.
He then set his sight on Valtteri Bottas and stayed on his tail for the first 10 laps, but simply couldn’t find a way past the Finn.
At this time, Ferrari rolled the dice and pitted Vettel, who subsequently went on to set a series of fastest laps to leapfrog Bottas, who lost further time in the pits with a slow stop.
Now in front, Vettel cruised to the finishing line, bagging his second victory of the season and extend his lead at the top of the standings.
by Rachit Thukral