Lando Norris Conquers Strategic Battle in Bahrain


139Sho TsuboiBR Mansell-Toyota1:31.1931:31.056
264Dave CassidyFerrari1:31.2301:31.383+0.174
318Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:31.5181:31.278+0.222
447Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:31.4511:31.319+0.263
57Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes1:31.3211:31.655+0.265
626Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1:31.5341:31.331+0.275
76Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota1:31.8001:31.458+0.302
857Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes1:31.6191:31.569+0.513
994Pascal WehrleinPrecision-Mercedes1:31.7221:31.608+0.552
1023Alexander AlbonFerrari1:31.6121:31.986+0.556
1133Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1:32.1341:31.897+0.841
1270Sérgio Sette CâmaraWilliams-Ferrari1:31.9381:32.238+0.882
1329Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1:32.1311:32.068+1.012
1431Esteban OconFAST-Mercedes1:32.0891:32.303+1.033
1577Valtteri BottasToyota1:32.4991:32.099+1.043
1613Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:33.0441:33.017+1.961
1737Kazuki NakajimaToyota1:32.0701:32.741+1.014*
1884Jack AitkenSauber-Judd1:33.7461:33.246+2.190
1923Jules BianchiCalinetic-Judd1:33.3331:33.542+2.278
2073Daniel MelroseCalinetic-Judd1:33.6751:33.574+2.518
214Robin FrijnsLoonmotor-Judd1:33.9071:33.584+2.528
2299Antonio GiovinazziDawson-Mercedes1:34.2281:34.228+3.232
2398Bradley DagnallLoonmotor-Judd1:34.5381:34.418+3.362
2455Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1:33.9421:34.542+2.886**

* 3-place grid penalty
** 5-place grid penalty


Different strategies made for a thrilling showdown in the desert.


The heat was on in Bahrain as the championship moved forward. One factor that caused the gears to turn in the strategists’ heads: a one-stop strategy would be highly limited as to when it can be executed.

This made two-stoppers an attractive option for most race engineers. Dave Cassidy, who took the lead at the start, was one of these and he was expecting to pass one-stopper Lando Norris. However, the Brit easily managed to maintain the pace needed to win the Bahrain Grand Prix.

This will be particularly annoying to Sebastian Vettel, who was moved to the two-stop strategy and finished quite behind his teammate, failing to beat Charles Leclerc for fifth position as part of a great day for FAST.

Precision had to work hard, but they have continued their streak of finishing in the top 10 with both cars and manage to keep up with the big boys in the WCC, with the exception of BR Mansell, who are pulling away at a ridiculous pace. Can anyone stop the Russian team?


147Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd56:14.98515
264Dave CassidyFerrari+10.93712
314Esteban OconFAST-Mercedes+17.38410
46Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota+26.5518
57Charles LeclercFAST-Mercedes+36.3806
618Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+36.5085
770Sérgio Sette CâmaraWilliams-Ferrari+45.1244
823Alexander AlbonFerrari+53.9873
957Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes+54.0642
1094Pascal WehrleinPrecision-Mercedes+54.9621
1177Valtteri BottasToyota+58.1420
1229Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari+61.9350
1337Kazuki NakajimaToyota+62.6770
1413Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd+69.6630
1585Jack AitkenSauber-Judd+92.4950
1673Daniel MelroseCalinetic-Judd1 Lap0
1719Robin FrijnsLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap0
1898Bradley DagnallLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap0
1999Antonio GiovinazziDawson-Judd1 Lap0
2039Sho TsuboiMansell-MercedesMotor0
DNF33Max VerstappenRed Bull-FerrariTransmission0
DNF23Jules BianchiCalinetic-JuddMotor0
DNF55Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-MercedesMotor0
DNF26Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-FerrariCollision0

Fastest Lap:

Dave Cassidy – 1:34.007

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Esteban Ocon – an impressive run up the order with a one-stop strategy.

Reject Of The Race:

Jack Aitken – he needs to be better, even if the Sauber isn’t the greatest ride out there.