The recent Bahrain Grand Prix has seen a lot of drivers get into form, as well as out of form.On Saturday night,Mercedes was sitting on a first front row lockout of 2017, about 0.455s clear of the rest of the field.
However, the next 24 hours saw Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari turning out that form on its head. For both Ferrari and Vettel, a second win out of the three opening races raises championship hopes down Maranello way.
Ever since Michael Schumacher delivered in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2004, Vettel has recently become the first Ferrari driver to take two of the first three.
Prior to 2017, Vettel had only won three of his 40 Grand Prix starts for Ferrari. With this so far, the turnaround is a significant one.
And since Fernando Alonso took the last of his three Sakhir wins in 2010 during his Scuderia debut, the team had not taken home a Bahrain win ever since.
With Vettel’s recent win making it the 44th victory in his career, he has levelled up with Alonso as the most successful driver so far in track history.
Alonso on his part, made the headlines this week for his Indianapolis 500 ambitions. However, Bahrain was not very favorable for him as he had to pull into the garage with a couple of laps remaining after complaining bitterly about the lack of speed in his regular F1 ride.
Although he didn’t see the chequered flag, he was officially classified as a finisher. The only man without a finish in 2017 is Lance Stroll.
He remains the first man to fail to finish the first three races of a season and the first rookie to retire from his first three Grand Prix starts since Vitaly Petrov back in 2010.