Round two of the brand new Formula 1 season heads into the Kingdom of Bahrain at which Ferrari have dominated before, but Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas is rejuvenated.
Step from the shadows into the spotlight, bearded Valtteri Bottas. Your time is now.
The assertive temperament of the Mercedes person’s launching win at the Australian Grand Prix means expectations of those Finn are unusually high for the next race of the season.
Bottas chalked up his fourth career victory with a controlling 20-second advantage over teammate Lewis Hamilton and earned plaudits all around due to his tougher mental attitude.
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That said, never eliminate a five-time world champion on a course with adequate scope for overtaking and three DRS zones.
Eventually year’s race Bahrain, Hamilton produced an daring triple pass to conceal his way straight up the field by ninth on the grid.
Red Bull and also Honda’s first date in Melbourne had been given the thumbs up by fans after Max Verstappen’s third-placed ending gave japan manufacturer their first v-6 turbo-hybrid age podium.
A McLaren rendering it right through to the top-10 shoot-out in qualifying? Yes, that really did indeed occur in Melbourne.
Lando Norris said he’d”treasure” his eighth-placed Q 3 performance in Australia and, despite finishing the race places lower, the Briton was most useful of the rookies on his debut grandprix.