The 3rd round of the formula 1 championship 2017 starts this Friday, April 14 with the first practice session in Bahrain. Both Lewis Hamilton ( Mercedes AMG ) and Sebastian Vettel ( Ferrari ) will start the race with equal points ( 43 points each ) this Sunday. Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese GP this weekend after a frustrating first round of the season in Australia. Sebastian Vettel finished 2nd and the 19-years old Max Verstappen of Red Bull finished 3rd at the end of the race after starting at 16th position on the grid.
Lewis Hamilton after the race praised Max Verstappen for his brilliance saying ” A great job done by Sebestian and this young dude [ Pointing to Max ] “.
Lewis Hamilton finished the race with a gap of 6.2 seconds ahead of Sebestian Vettel, Hamilton also led every lap of the race. Bottas unfortunately couldn’t make it to the top and finished 6th.
Both McLaren Honda’s cars had to retire due to some engine and technical problems. This was 2 out of 2 DNF ( Did Not Finish The Race ) for Fernando Alonso. McLaren has reportedly installed a new Power Unit in the engine and fixed some issues they faced in the first two Grand Prix. They’re expected to do good this week after a rough period they’ve gone through.
Danial Ricciardo also had a rough race in China and has shown some frustration after another disappointing result.
However, the bromance between Sebestian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton continues. Lewis, the 3 times World Formula 1 Champion said that he shares a greater level of respect with the title rival Sebestian Vettel than any other in his F1 career.
“I honestly think it will stay the way it is.” said Lewis.
Both, Lewis Hamilton and Sebestian Vettel have kicked off a great start to the season and everyone wants it to continue.
Sauber’s Pascal Wehrlein has been declared fit after he was declared unfit for the Chinese GP. He’ll be back in action for the Sauber.
Verstappen thinks that Bahrain GP is a big challenge ahead of him. After first two great races, the Red Bull driver is looking forward to another impressive result.
Here are some facts about the Bahrain GP :
First Race : 4/4/2004
Distance : 5.412 KM
Corners : 15
Most wins : Fernando Alonso
Most wins for a team : Ferrari
Previous Winner : Lewis Hamilton
GP hosted : 12 times
Here’s the top 5 result of the World Championship after the second round :
Pos. Driver Team Points.
1. L.Hamilton Mercedes 43
2. S.Vettel Ferrari 43
3. M.Verstappen Red Bull 25
4. V.Bottas Mercedes 23
5. K.Raikonen Ferrari 22
The race will start this Sunday, following the qualifying sessions on Saturday. The pundits are expecting another battle between Hamilton and Vettel. While some think Sebastian Vettel will win because the team is familiar to the track conditions and have dominated on this track.