Hamilton and Rosberg Keep Mercedes Ahead Under The Lights In Bahrain
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Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team showed ominous pace in Free Practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix to head the field by a comfortable margin on the first day at the Sakhir Circuit, with Fernando Alonso completing the top three, a second down on Hamilton.

Having set the fastest lap ahead of team-mate Nico Rosberg in this morning’s first practice session using Pirelli’s medium compound tyre, the order was unchanged when the switch to the soft compound came during qualifying simulations in FP2, with Rosberg settling in behind the Briton, 0.36s adrift of Hamilton’s 1:34.325 pace, with Alonso a further 0.7s slower.

What stood out today was the time gain in using the soft tyre, with around two seconds being par for the grid. Felipe Massa’s quickest time of pre-season testing, a 1:33.2, is just over a second faster than Hamilton managed today as the teams used heavier fuel loads to put their cars through the race simulations.

Last week’s Malaysian Grand Prix winner also showed strong pace on longer runs, shadowed by Rosberg, as the teams concentrated on measuring the degradation of the soft tyre.

Rosberg saw a drop-off of just 1.3s across 11 laps on the soft compound, his time moving from a 1:38.8 to a 1:40.1. This was mirrored by other teams, although the gap to Mercedes sat at around 0.6s. Indeed, Mercedes’ pace looks as strong as has been seen so far this season.

Behind third-placed Alonso today was Daniel Ricciardo. The Red Bull driver has suffered some poor fortune in his short career with the world champions and will this weekend be looking to clinch his first points for the team. The Australian’s best time of 1:35.422 was 0.2s quicker than team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

The pair finished either side of Williams’ Felipe Massa and the McLaren of Jenson Button, who is this weekend celebrating his 250th Grand Prix start. Williams looked dry strong on the long runs, as did the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg, which looks set to dispute the significant points paying positions with Williams, Red Bull and Ferrari.

Daniil Kvyat maintained his impressive start to his career by taking eighth place for Toro Rosso, beating the second McLaren of Kevin Magnussen and Force India’s Sergio Perez, who completed the top 10.

Perez will, however, be making a trip to the stewards office following the session in relation to an incident with Rosberg. With Perez approaching the Mercedes quickly, Rosberg moved across the circuit and into the Mexicans path, forcing him in to evasive action across the track. The move was seemingly made in order to let Perez stay on the clean line and will likely see no repercussions.

Completing the fewest laps today was the Williams team. Felipe Massa was joined by reserve driver Felipe Nasr in FP1 and the more senior of the two Brazilians spent much of the session in the garage before eventually completing 11 laps.

It was a similar story this afternoon, as Valtteri Bottas reclaimed his seat and joined his team-mate in the garage until they finally took to the track in the final 20 minutes of the session, with Bottas taking 11th place.

Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir, Free Practice

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.325s 28
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m34.690s +0.365 31
3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m35.360s +1.035 28
4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1m35.433s +1.108 28
5. Felipe Massa Williams 1m35.442s +1.117 13
6. Jenson Button McLaren 1m35.528s +1.203 21
7. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m35.606s +1.281 29
8. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1m35.640s +1.315 31
9. Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1m35.662s +1.337 22
10. Sergio Perez Force India 1m35.802s +1.477 40
11. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1m35.920s +1.595 9
12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1m35.972s +1.647 32
13. Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1m35.998s +1.673 18
14. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.366s +2.041 32
15. Adrian Sutil Sauber 1m36.962s +2.637 13
16. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1m36.975s +2.650 35
17. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1m37.259s +2.934 24
18. Romain Grosjean Lotus 1m37.599s +3.274 23
19. Jules Bianchi Marussia 1m37.800s +3.475 15
20. Max Chilton Marussia 1m38.247s +3.922 10
21. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1m38.257s +3.932 33
22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham 1m39.136s +4.811 30

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I have been an Formula one fan for over 50 years, since the days of Jim Clark. But it only took me 15 minutes, at three in the morning, of watching practice 2 from Melbourne to realize that this was not Formula one, it was not even close to Formula one! Where was the sound and fury of Formula one? Where was the spectacle? All gone forever I,m afraid, and so am I. I did something I thought I would never, ever do, I turned off the TV and went to bed.


I have a theory on Mercedes.

Could it be possible that they have found an efficiency solution in their engine allowing them to run less fuel?

The Mercedes were using less fuel than the Renault and Ferrari engined teams. If Mercedes has found additional ways to save fuel on top of it- perhaps in terms of tuning or packaging- then they could afford to run less fuel over a race distance. This would give them a huge advantage in race pace.


That is not just your theory but just an obvious fact. When you produce engine that got more power then your adversaries have it means that you have to push less in order to achieve the performance hence overall uses less fuel. It is a simple law of physics. But we keep forgetting that there is a complicated system of kinetic energy recovering which simply could be better utilized by Mercedes power packs vs. the rest.


“ripped the Botticelli out of that one!” – our own inimitable James talking about the wheelie-pulling Maldonado. Ha ha ha ha!!!!

I salute you, sir!


I can’t claim originality in that line..


Talk about Red Bull sour grapes!!!

Red Bull design chief Adrian Newey has criticised Formula 1’s new rules, saying their merit is “questionable”.

The 55-year-old says the new turbo hybrid engines and fuel limits were introduced “without proper thought”.

Newey said the sport should have spent more time considering whether it had gone in the right direction.

Only two races in and they are whinging about the new rules because they are not winning.

Everyone is complaining about Merc dominance and the racing being boring.

I remember the dominance of Mclaren, followed by Williams, followed by Ferrari, then Red Bull for 4 years.

Now people are moaning about Merc Dominance after 2 races.

Give the other teams time to catch up within the existing regs before deciding they don’t work.

Newey seems to be a dinosaur and wants to go back to Cosworths for everyone!

kenneth chapman

@ breton… adrian newey speaks from the very highest level of both success and experience and his opinion is a valid response to the question. do you really think that his opinion is without merit? and your claim to fame is exactly what?

given two opinions, yours and newey’s i know where i would be casting my vote.

yes, some people are voicing disquiet re the mercedes dominance, so what? all other teams will be working to change that dynamic. what newey is saying is that the ‘overall effect’ of some of the changes implemented are proving to be problematic and the outcomes are not in line with expectations. seems valid to me. IMO of course.



I have the utmost respect for Newey, he is an all time great in F1.

I was pointing out that Symonds who has gravitas within F1 disagrees with him.

When looking at Neweys comments in the light of RB performance it does look like a case of sour grapes whether it is only he will know.

My only experience of motor sport was running a team in the national prokart series.

Best team wants best driver, best driver wants fastest kart, and everyone trying to push the rules as far as they can!!

Not unlike F1!

kenneth chapman

@ breton…. where we differ is that you join in with the chorus of people who are all ‘singing from the same songsheet’! [excuse the lame cliche] and take every opportunity to diss on red bull.just look at the number of comments all saying exactly the same thing.

i try to look deeper and see just what newey was really saying. i have absolutely no idea of the highly complex details of the design/build/ integration and operation of these new PU’s and i seriously doubt that there is one poster on here that really does. let alone on the level that newey has.

if one looks at the totality of what he is saying then it does make sense, to me that is. i just somehow find it somewhat irksome when people make shallow statements maligning the character of a person of neweys standing within the F1 community.

of course symonds statements need to be considered but as i pointed out i prefer neweys explanation as i find him to be a unique figure in the highly complex technical world within which he inhabits. he has always been a champion of competetive wheel to wheel racing and that attitude strikes a chord with me. the ‘green’ issue is a charade and the road car relativity is also questionable as many others have highlighted. WEC utilise extremely advanced hybrid solutions and that is where the advances have really been used towards an evolution into road cars. by all means introduce new technology, that is great but spare us the ‘luvvies’.

we obviously won’t agree but it was fun debating this issue breton.


Pat Symonds with three decades in F1 dissagrees with Newey.

Do you take issue with his credentials as you do to mine?

kenneth chapman

@ breton, yes, my response to your original post was forceful and i meant no offense. you should read it again and think it through. here we have one of the greatest F1 designers ever, voicing an opinion, and i, being a humble sort of chap, tend to listen and learn from what he says.

to state that his comments are mere ‘sour grapes’ i don’t think is at all accurate as no one really knows what goes on within the strict confines of ‘high tech’ paddock comment.

your last comment though does need some further debate. to compare your credentials with that of symonds, without knowing where you sit within the paddock hierarchy, is a no brainer unless i am completely in error.

symonds is one of the paddock ‘illuminati’ and has the cred as they say. listening to the two of them i throw my weight behind newey for no other reason than his ability to dissect the new F1 and where these massive changes have taken the the entire show.

what we are seeing is the emergence of ‘unintended consequences’ and newey is quite right in identifying and making his points public.

i have no allegiance whatso ever with red bull, in fact i deplore their past politics but i do believe in neweys expertise as it has been demonstrated time and time again that he is most likely the absolute best of the modern era.


Newey’s comments were convincing, but I can’t help but wonder why he didn’t voice them at any point last year.

He’s not really coming at it from a neutral position, seeing the struggles they are having with the Renault engine. Not sure he’d be saying the same thing if they had a Merc engine strapped in the back.


I am entitled to my opinion, whether you value it or not is up to you.

I do not claim to know more about F1 than Newey so there is no point in sneering about that.

The rules are the rules, he himself said he should have thought more about the changes.

Perhaps what he really means is …if I had realised what a mess Renault have made of their package I wouldn’t have agreed to the changes.

It smacks of sour grapes.

I know you are well connected to F1 from previous posts and I have always enjoyed reading your posts so I am saddened that you stoop to the level of tealeaf and Sebee.

You well know that F1 depends on the car manurfacturers to supply engines at great cost to the grid. They want to take engine technology a certain way otherwise they will carry on supplying engines.

F1 has a choice to go back to the days when all teams used the same engine apart from Ferrari ie the Cosworth, and then they can be as noisy and as thirsty as they want.

The Teams complaining about the new regs are the teams at the back of the grid……………………sounds a case of sore losers.

Newey should stop complaining and get Renault to sort out the power unit and challenge the Mercedes.

As soon as the grid gets more competitive the racing will get more exciting.

To complain after two races is ridiculous.


And the mourning goes on… In each and every era dominated by some team there were those who were complaining. so what. That is no relevance, the relevance is whether this F1 is something to be proud of or not. In my view it isn’t, it is horrible regardless who is dominant right now. They are blown up Scalectrix slot cars. They look and sound horrible and they are not exciting.


This is Hamilton’s year…he’s too strong at the moment with the Mercedes being the best. Let’s see how far ahead he finishes in Bahrain, will it more than 17 seconds?

As Luca spoke about the taxi driver issue, well now we have F14 T(axi) for you. Sincerely what a waste of two talented drivers in Alonso and Kimi. But Nando will still put up a strong fight no matter, as for Kimi I just hope he doesn’t just fade away this year.


I don’t think it will be as clear cut as these results seem to indicate. I am of course referring to the message to Hamilton received which said he must go faster and save more fuel by changing the way he drove the lap. That being the case it seems that fuel usage will be highly critical this weekend which may cast doubt on Mercedes and help Williams as they seemed to be the best on fuel usage.


If you’ve got a 1-second per lap advantage then you can probably afford to go into cruse mode for pretty much half the race, if needs be.


If fuel becomes critical in a Mercedes then others could be in trouble by the end of the race.


williams used less fuel in Malaysia because they were slower. had they been faster, they would’ve used a lot more.


They will I think be further up the grid come qualifying, and they put less fuel in the car than others. Fuel will be critical in the race which adds a new perspective on the inter team battle between Hamilton and Rosberg.


The fastest cars are only a few km/h off the top speeds that were achieved here during the 3 litre V10 era… very impressive.


The wings are considerably smaller so the drag to.


Another stop go type of circuit and we see Kimi struggling with Braking.

It has and always was the breaking issue. Well he got new parts for this race to improve the “Feeling” at the front so I guess that has not worked.

Lets see what happens on Saturday! Kimi’s been great at this track during race days and normally has dragged himself onto the podium from a bad Saturday. It would be a shame if he can’t do that now!


There is something on the verge of illegality that Merc is doing and the FIA is not aware of. Look how the whole field is very close after Alonso, one second for 11 cars. This is going to be repeat of 2010. Just need to watch who takes the role Button and who takes Barichello’s role.


The only thing that they can really be questioned on right now is the position of their camera pods on the front end, which they have turned into quasi-“elephant ears” ala 2008. (Not surprising, considering that the legacy of the elephant ears starts with this team from their Honda days.) This will affect the flow to the rear end some, but it is not nearly as questionable legally as, for example, the parachute that McLaren has on the read end formed from the exotic wishbones on the rear suspension.


Are you suggesting that Mercedes are cheating or breaking the law ?

That is a serious allegation against a reputable global enterprise.

Provide evidence or be quiet.

kenneth chapman

@ dazzler….have you taken into account the tyre test taken last year under massive subterfuge and the findings of the tribunal? do reputable global enterprises kit their F1 drivers out in plain black helmets to avoid identification?

something about people who live in glass houses comes to mind.


Are you assuming just because Merc have such an advantage they’re doing “something on the verge of illegality”? Or do you have some information you’d like to share with us?


Just between you and me I think he’s shared quite enough already 😉


Mercedes is faster than everyone else and so must be cheating?

Maybe they just built a better car.


Isn’t the point of the constructors to build the fastest car under the regs? Twas ever thus!


2009 it was


“Take that Nico Rosberg!”… I laughed out loud at that. They may want to maintain mutual respect but everyone else wants them at each other’s throats. Bring on the team mate wars!!

kenneth chapman

i seem to recall webber running to 4th from 18th on the grid a few years back in what was one of the best drives i have ever seen.

ricciardo could finish up starting from as far back as webber did and i guess the question is, could he do the same? with the fuel flow problems/renault performance acting as a millstone i doubt it but if anyone can do it ricci will. at least as long as the car can take it he will drive the wheels off.

so here’s hoping no first lap bingles for him and a great result.


Kimi went from 22nd to 3rd in the 2006 race..but you won’t hear that from anyone else on here, of course.

On an unrelated note, I’m sure Ricciardo will end up starting <18 so he should have a decent chance.


Webber drove from 18th to 3rd in China in 2011.

The track layout in Bahrain is more of a disadvantage with 3 long straights as opposed to 2 in china and less low speed corners (where red bull gets there advantage).

As much as I would like to see Ricciardo charge through the field, if he is surrounded by Mercedes powered cars then I just cant see him getting past them on the straights.


more like 4 straights here in bahrain isn’t it. Just cant see the RB passing anyone in a straight line which means passing for DR will be near impossible with the car being under powered at the moment.

kenneth chapman

@TJ daniel did the business after all. the only mercs that he didn’t blow away were just the three in front and that would’ve been only two but for four tenths of a sec!

a great performance eh?

kenneth chapman

@ TJ.. you may well be right but there is no way i would write ricci off at this stage. in all the ‘hoo har’ surrounding the front row lockout by the mercedes cars a lot of people have lost sight of what a stunning lap ricciardo was able to pull out in Q3.

his longer stints have been consistently fast so as i said earlier, if he can avoid any ‘first lap nut cases’ then i expect him to give it his all and go for a great result.


Who’s bright idea was it to reduce the number of engines in the first year of a new engine formula? Thoughtless.


Give it a few years and they’ll be down to one for the entire season, guaranteed.

By the way I’ve solved the problem of silly grid drop penalties for engine / gearbox changes:

Let them use their allotted five (or however many), but then after that they have to use an engine from a Fiat Panda for the remaining races.



What about an engine from the Fiat 500? I’m thinking of the 800cc twin-air unit that is a little rocket-ship!

Random, pardon my ignorance but is the Fiat 500 popular with young women in Australia and New Zealand? In Britain, seemingly every 18-25 year old woman, and even the F1 drivers WAGS (and a couple of young ladies sired by Mr E) desire a 500 like a Gucci handbag and a Yorkie!


Fair enough – I guess the little 500 would be too small and have an inadequate fuel tank range for the desert or travelling great distances across Australasia.

By the way, do you remember a certain advert featuring a certain driver featuring the Fiat 500? Clues: it had an over-dubbed voice and was a bit cringe worthy. I think the driver in question has also got bushy eyebrows……..


Doubtful – I’ve never seen anyone driving a Fiat over here 😉


PS Have you seen that Top Gear episode when the lads drove to Notting Hill? They should rename that part of West Central London Fiat 500 Hill!


if anyone still believes this is not going to be a boring season with one team dominating please speak up … I would love to hear your arguments! 🙂


silverstone is enjoying record tickets sales. is that not evidence of people exciting by the season so far? it’s all about evidence.


increase sale of tickets at silverstone is not due to exciting season but due to fact that a british driver will definetly win this time #hamilton


But if your honest this season looks to become more boring then all the last 4 years combined!

But what do you care your boy is winning right? then its no problem…


I can’t believe Williams doing little running today. They said it was because they had done so much running in pre-season that all they had to do was fine-tune the setup. Seriously? Why wouldn’t you be out on track if you can, especially at the season’s early races. They should be wanting to use all the time they can instead of being so sure of themselves.


Each driver has just 5 engines for the season

They saved engine mileage today and were still quick with strong long run pace


Hamilton is fantastic. Watching him cadence brake into 9 & 10 is a joy to behold.


Kimi’s about where I expected him to be.

He’s never been in the same class as Schumacher, Alonso, Vettel or Hamilton.

He’ll make a very solid and capable number 2 to Alonso, probably outpacing him on occasion when he’s in the mood. I’m sure he’ll do his two years and retire.


Kimi Raikkonen is one of the most talented drivers to ever get behind the wheel of a car.

The problem for Kimi is the same problem that Schumacher had sometimes during his day. Kimi and Schumacher both have driving styles that require a very specific setup- particularly, a very positive front end with a lot of grip. They like to have a flat car under braking, apply as little steering load as possible, hit an early point at which they have the car rotated in the corner, and then have a flat car under acceleration and blast down the straight. A number of their teammates have complained of massive oversteer when either of these guys were doing well with the car.

When each driver had cars with a front end working how they wanted it, they were peerless. (Schumacher in the Benetton and Ferrari, Raikkonen in the McLLaren.) If you give them a car with a front end that isn’t working so well, they will struggle, as they will be applying more load at their acceleration point than they want or will be applying the throttle later than they want. Schumacher really struggled with this early in his days at Mercedes. Raikkonen had a well documented problem at the beginning of his time with Lotus with a steering setup that wasn’t very reactive and required more load, and he had a well documented problem with a rear-oriented Ferrari in 2007 and 2008.


Kimi would fly in the new Red Bull, which has amazing front end turn in grip.

Bit down on the straights mind you, but as a chassis it’s perfect for Kimi


wait till he gets his new brakes


He was faster than Alonso & Schumacher by 2 sec at Spa. He was faster than both at Monaco by more than 1/2 sec.

Maybe he will retire soon-but if his car is improved he may even win another championship first!


Even a 43 year old Schumacher was faster around Monaco than Raikkonen. Get your facts right, mate.


Elie, Schumacher has won in Monaco 5 times. Raikkonen 1 time. Doesn’t look as if Raikkonen would be faster than Schumacher.


The Mercedes has always been one of the fastest cars over one lap. !- Get your facts right I was talking about 2003-2005. When he destroyed everyone including team mates by those sort of margins

Anyone with an ounce of sense would know the Lotus was never good over one lap but looked after its tyres which is why it won races and neither car ever qualified on pole.!


Massa used to be quick at Turkey. I’m not sure how Kimi having a couple of good races is proof he’s above Alonso, let alone a 7-time world champion. Also, neither Schumacher or Alonso have ever driven Newey designed cars, which makes Schumacher’s achievements simply astonishing.

Kimi’s qualifying record is abysmal. The fact he has so many fastest laps shows that he has had fast cars throughout his career, but has trouble putting a good lap together when the pressure is highest (in qualifying) and doing so consistently (in a race).

Kimi wasn’t unlucky in 2003. He won one race all year. He had a Newey designed McLaren.

Sure, he had poor reliability in 2005, but he had a great car in 2008 yet couldn’t beat his teammate Massa. Beat his teammate, he wins the championship.

German Samurai

Newey’s been the best designer for over two decades. McLaren had a budget as big as Ferrari, the best designer in the business, Ron Dennis overseeing everything, and Kimi couldn’t make it work. Hakkinen made it work, Vettel made it work, Kimi couldn’t.

Michelin had the best tyres for most of 2003, so I’m not sure what you’re talking about there.


@german Samurai Raikkonen was one of the best qualifiers whose records stood at several circuits till the last few years.

– he never had custom made Bridgestone tyres

– he never drove for a Works factory team with unlimited budget and testing

– he was never given or insisted on no1status

– he never had Michael Schumacher consult Ferrari to set the 2008 Ferrari to Felipes driving as pay back for years of loyalty. Ferrari wouldnt have hired back if they didnt know this

– he never collided with anyone intentionally to win

– he finished just as strongly in a Lotus that didnt break as he did in “Newey” cars that never made the finish line – despite him winning 6 or 7 races in 2005 ( out of 15or 16)

And being in lead of races in 2003 ( still finished 2 pts off)


“Newey designed car” — Is Newey a guaranteed success?


You clim a “Newey designed car” is somehow the formula to success, which is simply not true. In 2003 Ferrari had the tires altered to suit Bridgestone and not Michelin, which no “Newey designed car” could have neutralised.


Pretty harsh on the guy with the 3rd most fastest laps ever, and one every fifth race! He’s also 5th in podiums all-time, just a shade under 40% podium rate. Kimi was unlucky in both 2003 & 2005.


So you are saying Kimi is actually 14th fastest amongst the drivers now? One who is in top-15 of most F1 statistics for drivers of all times (read the recent bbc’s compilation of f1 statistics and Kimi is mostly in top-15 always). He may be not a class act as Schumi or Alonso although he fought them well in 2000s. He beat Hamilton last two years and Vettel has much better car, so not fair to compare.


hello james …willl be glad if you answer it…but replies from others are also requested

its an irrelevant question as compared to the article above but was wondering

1.when engine manufacturer can make modification to their cars in 2014 …like there are in-season testin in 2014 i guess ..so after thoses in season tests can they make modification to their engine to increase performance ????…cause renault cars are at the tail end.

2.recently read about dr.helmut marko saying tht if renault do not show signficannt improvement in 2-3months then they will definetly thing about alternatives..so my question is that only based on software upgrades and maps can redbull cover the deficit to mercedes

3.does renault need to change design or hardware change to improve or software upgrades are enough


1. Engine specs have been frozen, (late Feb early March I think)although reliability upgrades are allowed.

2. Software upgrades are permitted. Not sure where Red Bull would get different engines from. Who is there apart from Renault that would be prepared to supply them?

3. See #1 , whether it’s enough, only time will tell.




Honda are committed to supplying McLaren as the ‘works team’ so far as I am aware. I believe there is some kind of clause ( read it on JA I think) which guarantees this . Might be wrong but I am pretty sure I read it.


yeah HONDA seem to be a realistic option…as they are building their factory/european base in MILTON keynes not away from redbull factory ….secondly honda and redbull already enjoy close ties as redbull is the title sponser in MOTO GP of factory honda…moreover moto gp riders of honda factory team CASSY STONER also visited redbull racing factory which actually proves that redbull and honda have close terms …..and at times i feel that honda is the reason tht there is a little cold relation between maclaren and redbull…

do u think that redbull can quite renault for honda??


Go Daniel !


James, since in FP2 teams & drivers mainly do their race simulations, would it be possible to have history chart graph also for those long runs made in FP2. It would be good info for the coming race.


I agree. I’ve been looking for similar information too and I found some on this link.



Merc looks like Mclaren MP4/4 during its great era with Senna and Prost.

One only can guess, who else would win race this year 1st apart from Merc,

it’s may be wrong but i guess – SV.


Does anyone know how much lewis’ s drop off was? Someone seemed to suggest that he was running 0.7s faster than Ros in their last 3 comparable laps?


Do people really think that Raikkonen has forgotten how to drive a car fast? He was close to winning the WCh in lotus in the last two years showed amazing race craft and consistency. Please calm down an give the guys some time to sort out the car that is obviously not suited to his style. Alonso has been with Ferrari for years and has a totally different driving style especially front end application, corner entry etc. Draw conlusions after the first half year maybe.


Close, to wining championship with Lotus ? Your imagination is infinite. However the one who was close to winning was Alonso and yet somehow the Champion was Seb. Or we were following different competition.


Spot on Peter


Kimi was good in FP sessions in Malaysia,so what happened to him now. He cannot be 1 sec off Alonso’s pace. Let us see in quali – but if this is his true pace, he will not get into Q3.

Having said that, Ferrari really is very bad. How can a team cannot get its act right for 5 years (’09, ’11, ’12, ’13, ’14)?


only 1 team can get it rightest each year, there are 4 or 5 teams with a realistic chance, it’s very difficult to make a step change without a rule change.

maybe FOM should redistribute the extra money Ferrari get to somewhere that gives a better return


What happen to Kimi ?


Broken floor (tea tray broke) and braking issues in FP1.

in FP2 the car responded on Softs but not on Mediums…..this is in addition to the handling issues that he’s had. The new parts haven’t solved the problem completely….


Daniel’s long run looked the best of anyone. Something to look out for come Sunday.


Daniel is very impressive, esecially when you consider he never competed in GP2 or Renault 3.5 series, and I think only F3.


he is quite competitive in comparison with his teammate. how well would he compare against rosberg or hulkinberg?

both gp2 rookie champions.

vettel has been extremely lucky in f1. the youngest ever back to back to back to back quadrupole champion and what they pay him doesn’t reflect that. the guy who oversees the design of his cars however, has shares given to him by the team owner. that in itself tells the complete story. it’s not easy to fool nature, it will all unfold in our eyes.


Excuse, I hate to ask, but of the current drivers who is the only one to have been put straight into the best car on the grid in his debut season?

I don’t agree with all this silly talk about some drivers being lucky to have had certain cars and such, but if you want to follow that path at least do it truthfully.


@Malcom, Ricciardo did two FR 3.5 seasons. He finished runner up to Aleshin in his rookie FR 3.5 season (2010) and fifth in 2011 when he ran a part time campaign, dovetailing with his F1 rookie year (the first half as STR third driver, then 11 races with HRT).


err Dan finished 2nd in the Renault 3.5 championship in 2010 won the F3 championship in 09


Be surprised if he’s any real threat on sunday he will start from low down with the penalty and the red bull lacks a bit of top speed with bahrain being a point shoot circuit

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