Bianchi Achieves Back-to-Back Wins Against Vettel

Qualifying:

Pos#DriverConstructorTime
173Daniel MelroseRed Bull-Ferrari1:31.955
218Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:32.045
317Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:32.077
447Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:32.202
53Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Ferrari1:32.233
699Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1:32.332
796Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:32.621
855Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Ferrari1:32.631
97Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes1:32.859
1064Dave CassidyFerrari1:32.518*
1111James James DaviesToyota1:33.170
121Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:33.175
1333Salvatore MiccoliFerrari1:33.314
1435Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:33.418
1557Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:33.650
1622Kazuki NakajimaToyota1:33.793
1719Jordan DaviesTheodore-Ferrari1:33.871
1856Einar ÁrmannssonCalinetic-Judd1:34.278
196Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:34.285
2010Pierre GaslyDawson-Judd1:34.495
2114Marcel Agyemang-BaduFAST-Mercedes1:34.612
2294Pascal WehrleinCalinetic-Judd1:34.660
2398Bradley DagnallTheodore-Ferrari1:34.294*
2432Alexander AlbonDawson-Judd1:34.694

Report:

The track width in Bahrain proved very useful in the thrilling battles that were presented to us at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The 27th running of the Bahrain Grand Prix proved a thrilling race, where everything hinged on the slimmest of margins and minor decisions proved to have huge consequences, in short: a dream for every passionate fan of the sport.

Daniel Melrose scored consecutive poles and while he was not a factor when it came down to deciding the winner, he had a fun battle for third against Lando Norris, where he came up short, ending the race in fourth position. His fourth place and the ninth for Ármannsson made 2019’s trouble for now a distant memory for both teams.

The victory was decided, as it has been so often ever since 2018, between Caterham-Judd and Precision-Mercedes. This time around, the Düsseldorf-based team had the edge, as Bianchi always managed to keep the lead at around 2-3 seconds.

Behind them, a lot of overtaking was going on, the quick acceleration of the hydrogen fuel cells allowing for many beautiful slipstream moves. These helped Torrente and Cassidy, who both started way further back than they hoped, to slice through the competition to achieve some dazzling results and helping their championship rank.

Race:

Pos#DriverConstructorTime/RetiredPoints
117Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes56:15.36415
218Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+2.28212
347Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd+13.11510
473Daniel MelroseRed Bull-Ferrari+15.6868
596Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes+25.7676
664Dave CassidyFerrari+33.4405
735Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes+42.2294
833Salvatore MiccoliFerrari+51.3683
956Einar ÁrmannssonCalinetic-Judd+59.5032
1011James James DaviesToyota+71.3181
116Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes+72.9500
1294Pascal WehrleinCalinetic-Judd+77.1780
1322Kazuki NakajimaToyota+80.0130
1414Marcel Agyemang-BaduFAST-Mercedes+84.5730
1519Jordan DaviesTheodore-Ferrari+94.0870
161Pastor MaldonadoSauber-JuddTransmission0
1798Bradley DagnallTheodore-Ferrari1 Lap0
1810Pierre GaslyDawson-Judd1 Lap0
DNF32Alexander AlbonDawson-JuddAccident0
DNF7Charles LeclercFAST-MercedesMotor0
DNF55Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-FerrariTransmission0
DNF57Dean StonemanSauber-JuddAccident0
DNF99Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-FerrariAccident0
DNF3Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-FerrariLoose Wheel0

Fastest Lap:

Sebastian Vettel – 1:34.641

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Einar Ármannsson – got back-to-back P9s, this time even without major chaos.

Reject Of The Race:

Mike Rockenfeller – his race-ending mistake was that of a man half his age.