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A look back at the 2014 F1 Bahrain Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix for the first time ever yesterday ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg in what has to be thee most exciting race in years.

The race had it all: Overtaking, inter-team battles, crashes and a safety car with 10 laps remaining that brought all the field back together.

To top it all off the race took place at night time under all of the lights, something that makes the cars look much, much better.

Hamilton and Rosberg had a great battle

I enjoyed every minute of yesterday’s race especially the battle between Hamilton and Rosberg.

Both drivers gave it their all as they battled for the lead of the race. How long has it been since we have seen the top two drivers in a race actually overtaking each other and battling?

It was great to see that both drivers were aloud to compete for the victory without any team orders. That is exactly how it should be in my opinion, everybody is out there to race so let them race.

The Mercedes car is ridiculously quick and the way it is going we are going to be seeing many more Hamilton and Rosberg battles throughout 2014.

After the final safety car the pair were going three seconds a lap quicker than the rest of the field AND that included the pair scrapping over the lead.

The rest of the field definitely have a lot of catching up to do if they are going to get anywhere near the Mercedes drivers.

Bahrain was clearly a track for the Mercedes powered cars, with both Force India and Williams drivers battling for the final podium spot for most of the race.

It was unfortunate that the safety car period seemed to ruin the Williams strategy, allowing the Red Bulls to overtake them.

Sergio Perez deserves a lot of praise for managing to overcome his teammate and the two Williams throughout the race and getting on the podium.

Another driver who I have a lot of respect for is Daniel Ricciardo, who once again produced a great performance to finish fourth after starting from 13th.

The Aussie is showing just how good of a driver he is and he is getting the best out of that Red Bull.

He is outperforming Sebastian Vettel that’s for sure. How great was it to hear Vettel being told to move out of Ricciardo’s way?

Ricciardo then put another great move on his teammate later on in the race without any team orders. THAT WAS A GREAT SIGHT!

Overall the race was a good advertisement for the sport, especially after all the criticism of late over the new ‘greener’ cars.

The only cause for concern was the crash involving Pastor Maldonado and Esteban Gutiérrez. The front nose of the Lotus seemed to literally flip Gutiérrez’s Sauber into the air upon impact.

That was the worry with these brand new nose regulations and I hope that this was just a one off.

Wheels and Goals driver of the weekend: Sergio Perez – Do you agree or disagree? Let me know!!

 

 

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