Sorry it’s a day later than usual but I just didn’t have the time yesterday. The 2013 Bahrain GP was full of action and surprises. Nico Rosberg qualified on pole, his second and Mercedes 11th but then faded away in the race and finished ninth. Sebastian Vettel won the race making him the first double winner of the season. Vettel is also the only driver with two poles or two fastest laps this season.
Both Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel have three podiums after both finishing on the podium in Bahrain. Grosjean finished third, his first podium of the year, making the Bahrain GP podium exactly the same as it was at the last Bahrain GP. Alonso could have joined the podium had his DRS not failed early on causing him to pit twice and lose around 30 seconds, which would have put him right up with Vettel challenging for the win.
After a slightly dull start to the season both Romain Grosjean and Sergio Pérez performed well in Bahrain. Grosjean gained eight places from his grid position, finishing third while Pérez gained six and finished sixth, the first time he’s beaten Button in the race.
Towards the rear of the grid for the first time this season Jules Bianchi wasn’t the fastest of the two new teams in either qualifying or the race. He was beaten by Charles Pic in both qualifying and race in the updated Caterham car. Bianchi did however set a faster race lap and one that was only two tenths off of the fastest lap by Mark Webber.
The Drivers’ Championship hasn’t changed too much after the Bahrain GP, Hamilton has moved to third ahead of ex-teammate Alonso and Webber up to fifth ahead of Massa. Interestingly the top 6 drivers from Australia have remained in the top 6 of the Drivers’ Championship after every race.