Going back to last season, Lewis Hamilton claimed the top spot on the Bahrain International Circuit while Kimi Raikkonen put up the fastest lap and held onto second. Nico Rosberg finished in a close third, but Sebastian Vettel fell to fifth place being nearly 44 seconds behind the leader.
This year we could see similar results, although Rosberg will be looking for back to back wins to start off 2016. Rosberg finished off the 2015 season with victories in the last three races, and apparently has carried the momentum over to this season. These drivers proved their cars were four of the best in Formula 1 last week. Even with the technical issues of Kimi’s Ferrari and Hamilton’s poor start, Mercedes and Ferrari are already leading the constructor’s championship. Ferrari will be looking for a multiple podium finish so that they don’t lose yet another season to Hamilton and Rosberg.
What could not have been predicted from last week, was the success of Team Haas so early on in the season. Previous attempts of an American racing team have proved fruitless in Formula 1, and yet Haas sits in fifth place in the Constructors standings after a sixth place finish for Romain Grosjean in Australia. Continuing this performance could make them a possible threat in the upcoming years.
Bahrain will be the first race under the lights this year, and will help give fans a more solid indication of what is to come in Formula 1.