The second race of the Formula 1 championship took place in Bahrain with many winners and losers emerging from the race. The ultimate winner was Nico Rosberg who had a rocket start, taking the lead of the Grand Prix. His teammate Lewis Hamilton unfortunately came together with Valtteri Bottas, dropping him down in the race but nonetheless finished P3 with a charge up the field.

Sebastian Vettel was one of the first losers of the race when his engine blew up on the formation lap, leaving him unable to take the start of the race. It was a shame as he could have taken the fight to the Ferraris. Kimi Raikkonen was flying around the track where he has gone so well around and finished yet again on the podium in second.

It was a weekend to forget for Renault as Jolyon Palmer retired on the formation lap and his teammate Kevin Magnussen struggled to find pace early in the race to keep up with other cars on the track like the Manor, which he described as a rocket with their Mercedes power. Magnussen started the race from the pitlane after failing orders to get weighed during FP3 and finished in 11th position.

Valtteri Bottas didn’t have the best of races from the start in Turn One when he came together with Lewis Hamilton and later had to take a drive through penalty, in the end he finished P9.

Daniil Kvyat had had a tough start to his season with two qualifying sessions to forget. The race however allowed him to battle and he finished with his first points of the season.

Stoffel Vandoorne had a fantastic debut in P10, grabbing McLaren-Honda’s first points of the season after replacing Fernando Alonso. Jenson Button in the other McLaren-Honda retired during the race leaving all eyes on the young Belgian driver, who has three GP2 Feature Races around Bahrain.

Carlos Sainz Jr. had a poor race after a promising qualifying and race strategy, in which he was also tipped to lead the race at some point. He suffered an early puncture after coming together with Force India’s Sergio Perez and then later had a slow pit stop in a race full of problems in which he later retired. Max Verstappen grabbed a solid handful of points in the other Toro Rosso in P6.

Haas F1 had a day of mixed fortunes as Romain Grosjean had a solid race and finished yet again in the points in fifth position for the American based team. Esteban Gutierrez didn’t finish the race and retired for the second time this season.

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