Bahrain Grand Prix Preview

This weekend is the Bahrain Grand Prix, the last race before the start of the European season in Formula One. Although the three main podium places have been filled by the same three drivers there are still plenty of things to look out for in Bahrain.

Many during the weekend will be talking about the relationship between Hamilton and Rosberg after a dispute broke out at the end of the Chinese Grand Prix. Although many will be looking to see what the two Mercedes drivers say about each other off the track, it will be intriguing to see how Rosberg reacts on track to Hamilton’s dominant Chinese Grand Prix weekend.

Last weekend saw only the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel being able to mount any sort of challenge to the Silver Arrows. Will it be the same this weekend, or will the Ferrari’s be more competitive. Will Raikkonen be able to battle with Vettel, more than he was able to in China.

Behind the Ferrari’s in China were the two Williams who have finished fifth and sixth in the last two races. Is it going to be more of the same this weekend, or will either Massa or Bottas be able to make themselves a cause of concern for the Ferrari’s.

Behind the Williams’ should be an intriguing battle. With both Red Bull backed teams suffering engine problems during China and with Daniel Ricciardo the only one to score any points, will Toro Rosso and Red Bull bounce back and have a more reliable weekend. They may have to worry about Sauber who have had strong performances in Australia and China. Will Bahrain be another points haul for the Swiss team, or will it be like Malaysia where the team struggles to get into the points.

Lotus were able to secure their first points finish of the season in China, will they be able to score more this weekend, or will they struggle.

Last year in Bahrain, Force India secured a podium finish with Sergio Perez. Although this may be unlikely this year, with the delayed launch of their car, will Force India secure more points before the beginning of the European races.

Both Manor and McLaren were able to get two cars to the finish line, will they be able to repeat the feat.

With the European races beginning in May, how much more will the teams be able to learn about their cars during the weekend to know where to improve them for the Spanish Grand Prix.

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