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.

Make use of the sliding scale below to tell us if you think Bottas can help it become backtoback wins this weekend.

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.

IE]>Bahrain GP 2018

Ferrari need some warmth after a lukewarm opener

Were Ferrari saving their pace to Bahrain while sandbagging the competition at Albert Park?

Sebastian Vettel’s mid-race “why are we so slow?” Query nonetheless hangs in the air afterwards he and new teammate Charles Leclerc finished almost a minute behind Bottas.

Leclerc was also told to remain behind fourth-placed Vettel during the final stages – would the Monegasque driver be permitted to move wheel-to-wheel along with his experienced partner out this time?

Just a dip back Bahrain can do, also Vettel in particular will be able to take heart from his past screens in the desert.

The German shirts the victory stats from Sakhir with two wins Red Bull and back-to-back triumphs with Ferrari at 2017 and 2018, the latter a masterful execution on worn-out tyres. On over all points scored in Bahrain, Vettel is just two short of Hamilton’s leading tally of 140.

Other reasons for optimism? Well, Ferrari have observed six wins as a whole from the Persian Gulf – three longer than Mercedes.

IE]>Sebastian Vettel wins the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix