Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix | Driver of the Day: Vote Now

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Kingkoenig

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Hamilton was really masterful, that was a great win.

I'm a Pérez fan, but ending 5th in that car is not so great.

It's just one race. I would not press the panic button yet. He needs more time in the car. And he was excellent during the race. If he had started from the grid instead of the pits, he probably would have challenged Bottas for 3rd.
 
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Charlie Lockwood

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Shout out to Toro Rosso who remarkably scored two points despite not being on the grid.
 

Kingkoenig

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Hamilton and Verstappen were really in a class by themselves today. Bottas was 3rd, but he never seemed to be in a position to challenge for the win. I hope he enjoys his last season with Mercedes.
 

Frank

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Perez and Hamilton were for sure the stars today.
 

thepharcyde

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Hamilton and Verstappen were really in a class by themselves today. Bottas was 3rd, but he never seemed to be in a position to challenge for the win. I hope he enjoys his last season with Mercedes.
Pit stop ruined chances for potential second though?
 

Kingkoenig

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Pit stop ruined chances for potential second though?

I don't think so. He never seemed completely at ease with the Mercedes the whole weekend. Anyway, I admit that my mind is made up about Bottas: he's a good 2nd driver but nowhere near as good as Hamilton or Max.
 

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If that's the price to keep Haas financially afloat, I'm willing to accept the regular Safety Car on lap 1. We can't afford to lose the 10th team. Imaging F1 with only 9 teams. Yuck.

It would still have 2 more cars on the grid than DTM had last year. Anyway...

I voted Lando, because I'm a fan of his and Mclaren, and he did well today, holding very much his own against his way more experienced team mate, of whom I'm also a fan. Mclaren is really beginning to show promise again, and are cementing their place as the "third" team, and who knows maybe it'll be the "second" team come the end of the season.

Nevertheless if I was to objectively cast my vote, which I will do in the future, then Checo simply stormed it - hats off to him.
 

thepharcyde

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I don't think so. He never seemed completely at ease with the Mercedes the whole weekend. Anyway, I admit that my mind is made up about Bottas: he's a good 2nd driver but nowhere near as good as Hamilton or Max.
Agree with you there, but first thing Mercedes want is the construction lead not their one and two drivers constantly fighting each other.

So from their perspective the synergy to date has been perfect for them - coming second in 2020, I think cements this partnership.
 

Kingkoenig

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Agree with you there, but first thing Mercedes want is the construction lead not their one and two drivers constantly fighting each other.

So from their perspective the synergy to date has been perfect for them - coming second in 2020, I think cements this partnership.

Yes, but I wonder how long do they want to keep Russell at Williams? And for how long is Russell under contract to Mercedes anyway? If he is a free agent in 2022, he could get some very nice offers from a rival team, no?
 
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thepharcyde

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Yes, but I wonder how long do they want to keep Russell at Williams? And for how long is Russell under contract to Mercedes anyway? If he is a free agent in 2022, he could get some very nice offers from a rival team, no?
Potentially, sitting second fiddle to Hamilton until he hangs up his boots for a few gap years before returning like the trend seems to be :)
 

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I gave it to Perez, great race for him. I was very critical of his performance in qualifying, but he really got after it in the race - nice work!

As far as Max having to give the position back, that's absolutely the right call. Track limits in modern F1 are a joke (and not a funny one), but you absolutely cannot be allowed to make a pass while off track. It wasn't a Max thing, it wasn't a Lewis thing - it was a "you can't drive off track to make a pass" thing.

The solution if course would be to enforce track limits each and every time no matter what, because then there would be nothing to complain about but, alas, the FIA seems to like it this way.
 

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It's a tough call...Lando was close to a podium, but considering Bottas was 15 to 20 seconds behind the fight for first, then Lando was seriously behind as well. Perez fought back very well after starting from the pits to take 5th. Hamilton did an impressive job defending against Max on older Hards for 5 laps.

Overall though, my vote is Tsunoda...first F1 race and scores points, had some nice overtakes too, will definitely be watching his career. and the only rookie that kept the car on track...and Schumacher is the F2 champ lol
 

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The FIA said that it was OK to go off the track at turn 4 during the race, but not during qualifying.
No, they just stated that offtracks during the race are not punished, that does not mean that its allowed, there are still track limits.
 
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