German driver wins the day in Bahrain after his team-mate takes a bump at the start Rosberg dresses up as Hamilton Nico Robserg won the Bahrain GP after making a better start than his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, and managing to avoid the bumps on the first corner. From that moment on, the German stayed in control of the […]
3 de abril de 2016 - Sportyou
German driver wins the day in Bahrain after his team-mate takes a bump at the start
Rosberg dresses up as Hamilton
Nico Robserg won the Bahrain GP after making a better start than his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, and managing to avoid the bumps on the first corner. From that moment on, the German stayed in control of the race despite the fact that Kimi Räikkönen threatened in the final stages of the race. Hamilton, after the problems he had on the first bend, managed to make his way up the field to finish third. Stoffel Vandoorne managed to get among the points, earning McLaren their first ones in 2016 in his debut race.
The race had not even begun and Sebastian Vettel had to withdraw owing to engine failure which meant he could not even start. With the light already off, Rosberg beat off Hamilton in a start that saw Räikkönen lose several positions. In the brake on the first corner, Valtteri Bottas, while attempting to pass Hamilton, collided with him, which caused bodywork damage both to Hamilton’s Mercedes and Bottas’ Williams. A few laps later, the Finn was hit with a drive-through penalty.
Further behind, Sergio Pérez collided with Carlos Sainz‘s Toro Rosso, causing a puncture, after which point the race became an ordeal for the Spanish driver, who from then on lacked rhythm. Sainz, who complained over the radio that he was having problems managing his car, made another stop, meaning he fell another two places behind. Finally, the Spanish driver bade farewell to the race. Meanwhile, Jenson Button was haunted by old problems when he had to retire owing to a problem with his MGU-K.
Little by little, the positions became more stable and strategy came into play with Romain Grosjean‘s Haas becoming the star of the show. The Frenchman and his team hit the button when they chose the super-soft tyres, a choice that the rest of the drivers at the head of the race also took in order to attack Rosberg and, as it happened, to defend themselves from Grosjean.
Youngsters come stomping on to the scene
Leaving Sainz and his lack of luck to one side, the younger drivers showed they have rhythm and speed. Max Verstappen, once again, put in a good shift, finishing in sixth position, while Vandoorne, on his debut appearance, earned McLaren their first points of the season. The Belgian, who was standing in for Fernando Alonso, took his McLaren to tenth, which meant he won his first points in Formula 1 at the same time as his team got their first ones of the season.
Vandoorne, who was flown in urgently to the Sakhir circuit on Thursday, engaged in hand-to-hand fighting with both the Force India and the Williams drivers and showed why he was a good choice to replace Alonso. So much so, that right from the start he overtook his team-mate and kept up a constant rhythm throughout the race. Another youngster who put in a commendable performance was Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein, who made life difficult for Renault’s Kevin Magnussen, and the Dane had to resort to strategy to get in front of him. Wehrlein ended the race in 13th position.