Lewis Hamilton recorded his second Pole Position of the season at Bahrain, but again a slow start off the grid handed the race to team mate Nico Rosberg, who was also triumphant a fortnight ago in Australia. The win was Rosberg’s fifth consecutive GP after winning the last three races of the 2015 season and with it just being a matter of time before Hamilton finds his race form we look set for another enthralling F1 season between the two Mercedes driver’s .
Hamilton is clearly still the fastest driver having won both qualifying sessions this season, but luck does not seem to be on his side at present. A slow start cost the 2015 champion the race in Australia and another one in Bahrain yesterday left him caught up in a collision involving the Williams of Bottas at the first bend. By the time the ensuing chaos had cleared Hamilton found himself back in ninth place.
By this time Mercedes team-mate Rosberg was long gone and not surprisingly he never looked back leading from start to finish. However, Hamilton was still in the fastest car and not surprisingly he fought his way back up the grid to finish a respectable third behind Ferrari’s Kimi Raikonnen and also recorded the fastest lap of the race.
The F1 Circus now travels to Shanghai, China for the Chinese Grand Prix that takes place in two weeks-time on the 17th April. Lewis Hamilton has fond memories of Shanghai having won the GP four times since 2008, including the last two years when he also qualified fastest on both occasions. If Hamilton can get to the bottom of his launch control issues this time round expect him to bounce back to winning ways and make it three Shanghai GP wins in a row and five in total.