Einar Ármannsson Wins Again, Valtteri Bottas Suffers Failure


127Dave CassidyFerrari1:20.412
228Daniel MelroseFerrari1:20.600
334Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd1:20.672
422Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd1:20.741
531Romain GrosjeanHolden1:20.783
633Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd1:20.894
72Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd1:21.010
823Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes1:21.216
962Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:21.224
1030Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:21.386
1124Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes1:21.542
1221Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd1:21.547
1332Alexander AlbonHolden1:21.607
1429Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:21.853
151Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:21.982
1667Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1:22.017
1790Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden1:22.224
1863Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:22.499
1991Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden1:22.698
205Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes1:22.782
2155Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:22.904
226Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1:23.010
2366Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari1:23.211
24118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Holden1:23.237
25119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Holden1:23.385
2656Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:23.472



This chaotic scene was one of the many thrilling fights this mixed-up grid delivered.

Controversy is Formula 1’s second nature. When people are not calling for someone’s head or want a certain rule change, it is either the deepest off-season or the media has gone on strike. Today’s topic is “success ballast”, after the last round with the first set of ballast has caused major changes on the expected order of the grid, resulting in a Ferrari 1-2, their first pole since 12 November, 2017.

Obviously, it was clear that that performance could not possibly be repeated within the race. However, Dave Cassidy had not quite realised that and fought like a lion to stay with the leaders. He was rewarded for this hustle and ended up scoring a very great podium finish, fighting off Lewis Hamilton in a thrilling fight and earning his reputation as one of the best active drivers today.

The victory looked like it belonged to Valterri Bottas. The Finn had a good start and was a favourite to win the Grand Prix until a puncture ended his afternoon. His pain was his teammate’s success, as the former Ferrari driver from Iceland went on to join Pastor Maldonado as the second driver to win more than one race this season, placing himself in good position for the title.

Sauber, Caterham and Precision have all announced significant upgrades to their aerodynamics for Bahrain.  Some question whether that is a good thing for competitive balance as all three teams had cars in the top five despite starting significantly further down the grid than usual because of the abovementioned success ballast. It remains to be seen who will rule in the desert and beyond.


133Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd44:53.06615
230Dean StonemanSauber-Judd+4.37012
327Dave CassidyFerrari+10.77710
42Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd+11.4348
563Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes+17.7576
622Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd+23.6635
724Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes+23.8404
862Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes+27.4152
929Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd+24.479*3
101Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+31.0241
1131Romain GrosjeanHolden+41.4400
125Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes+56.514*0
1321Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd+61.2880
1490Daniel RicciardoCalinetic-Holden+65.2010
1528Daniel MelroseFerrari+67.6910
1691Max VerstappenCalinetic-Holden+75.4610
1766Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari+79.4100
1867Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari+86.0680
196Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1 Lap0
DNF119Felix RosenqvistDawson-HoldenTransmission0
DNF118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-HoldenTransmission0
DNF34Valtteri BottasTheodore-JuddPuncture0
DNF32Alexander AlbonHoldenTransmission0
DNF55Artem MarkelovMansell-MercedesCollision0
DNF23Pierre GaslyFAST-MercedesCollision0
DNF56Sergey SirotkinMansell-MercedesCollision0

* given 3-second penalty for causing an avoidable accident

Fastest Lap:

Pastor Maldonado – 1:23.034

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Dave Cassidy – turned an unlikely qualifying effort into an amazing finish.

Reject Of The Race:

Pastor Maldonado – avoidable accident delayed his comeback, hurting his chances in the long run.