Back-to-back events always keep the paddock on their toes and after a frantic pack-up once the chequered flag fell in China, the show has arrived to entertain us once again in Bahrain. The Sakhir International Circuit served up a treat twelve months ago, as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg fought a race long battle for supremacy in epic fashion. It was a duel featuring sublime wheel-to-wheel action, strategic intrigue and a bead or two of sweat on the Mercedes pit-wall. The 2015 Bahrain Grand Prix certainly has a lot to live up to, but with Ferrari hot on Mercedes’ heels, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will hope to make it a four way tussle for the top spot on Sunday.
Has everyone got over the shock yet? Mercedes arrived in Malaysia as the hot favorites to continue their winning streak, but it was Ferrari who handled the heat best, with Sebastian Vettel returning to the top step of the podium over a year away. The shock result, along with wheel to wheel action throughout the field, made the race a classic. As the circus reconvenes in Shanghi, the question now is whether Ferrari can again spoil the Silver Arrows’ party and further disrupt the march of the 2014 world champions.
Unfortunately, events of the 2015 season thus far have been largely negative. Following an admittedly underwhelming curtain raiser in Australia, the sport is in need of an exciting weekend to bring the campaign to life. Fortunately, Malaysia has the capacity to deliver, with the Sepang International Circuit playing host to this weekend’s race which should be littered with storylines. Fernando Alonso and Valtteri Bottas look set to make a return, the circus heads to a more representative track and Nico Rosberg looks to bounce back from his disappointment down-under. Certainly plenty to sink our teeth into.
After months of withdrawal symptoms, it is almost time for the famous five red lights to signal the start of a brand new season. The F1 circus has arrived in Melbourne and it is time for the first Weekend Preview of the year. Mercedes have the weight of expectation on their shoulders yet Williams are widely tipped to have the most potential to spring a surprise down-under.