The future of F1’s unpopular new qualifying format is being discussed again by teams today. But while Saturday was short on action again most of you enjoyed the Bahrain Grand Prix.
This was despite an anti-climactic start to proceedings in Bahrain when Sebastian Vettel – the closest threat to Mercedes on the grid – pulled over halfway around the formation lap.
But when the lights went out the Bahrain Grand Prix served up more surprises. Lewis Hamilton tangled with a Williams and Kimi Raikkonen dropped back into the pack. While those two climbed their way back to the podium Nico Rosberg cruised to the chequered. Meanwhile the action in the midfield came thick and fast.
F1 Fanatic readers gave the rating an average score of 7.38 out of ten – almost exactly the same as the race received 12 months ago. Here’s a sample of your verdicts on the race:
Did tyre rules ‘improve the show’…
Bahrain was our first real chance to see how F1’s new tyre rules shaped a race without the interruption of a Safety Car or red flag.
I have to say, the new tyre rules have helped the racing immense. Even just having the increased number of options increases the intrigue, even if the top three basically had the same strategy by the end.
The new tyres open up so much potential for actual wheel to wheel racing, the best new rule in many years.
The good: Seeing the new tyre rules working – lots of different strategies today. Decent on-track battles and FOM managed to catch some live.
Grosjean and Haas doing a great job. Vandoorne doing a great job first time out.
The Bad: Vettel’s engine going on the parade lap – he probably could’ve taken it to Rosberg. Empty grandstands.
…or was this more ‘fake racing’?
Some people felt the amount of pit stops and tyres were hard to follow. Should we need to have a tablet on hand to follow a race? More on-screen graphics? Or just simpler rules?
So many pit stops made the race thoroughly confusing. Ended up not knowing whether positions were earned by merit or strategy, same with most of the overtakes.
It was a decent endurance race – but tyre management central of course.
This has to stop – we need on-the-limit racing for most of the race – if you have voted more highly, you’re bound to have discovered F1 quite recently and/or don’t realise that the sport is largely contrived now. Far too much aero – totally the wrong tyre for the exercise. The World Endurance Championship is more exciting.
The first ten laps or so were good but the race after that completely showed everything that is wrong with modern F1 racing.
Too many pit stops made it difficult to follow what was happening most of the time, and pretty much every overtake was down to a big pace difference almost exclusively caused by one driver being on tyres of much lower use and/or a much quicker compound, with DRS just making it a formality.
This is not exciting, it is ‘false’ racing. The Formula E race from Long Beach the night before and the Moto GP, Moto 2 and Moto 3 races from Argentina were much, much better quality, proper racing, even with the annoying but necessary pit stops in the Formula E and Moto GP races.
Quiet at the sharp end
How good a race can it be if the leader is unchallenged throughout?
A solid score, lots of action but not so much at the front.
Plenty of action, a dramatic start, sparks flying everywhere. It felt like F1 again today. It’s maybe something to do with this generation of cars, but Bahrain is emerging to be a pretty good track after all. The race needed a better challenge for the lead to be honest, but the extra tyre option seemed to shake things up a little today.
I really enjoyed that. OK the fight for the lead/win wasn’t there but there was tons of great racing through the field for most of the race which made it thoroughly enjoyable.
Vettel’s retirement and Hamilton’s start incident ruined a decent fight for the win.
With world champions Alonso, Vettel and Button out of the race and Hamilton compromised, many of you appreciated this opportunity for the young future stars to shine.
Really good race for some drivers. Vandoorne obviously doing excellently in the McLaren, Magnussen looking racy in the Renault and Wehrlein showing why people say he’s good. I’d even say Ericsson was doing particularly well.
This race to a large extent was saved by young bloods such as Vandoorne, Magnussen, Wehrlein and Verstappen. Shouldn’t that be an argument to have them participate more?
Bahrain Grand Prix Rate the Race results
|2014 Bahrain Grand Prix||9.095|
|2013 Bahrain Grand Prix||7.826|
|2016 Bahrain Grand Prix||7.382|
|2015 Bahrain Grand Prix||7.366|
|2012 Bahrain Grand Prix||6.904|
|2009 Bahrain Grand Prix||6.420|
|2008 Bahrain Grand Prix||5.364|
|2010 Bahrain Grand Prix||4.587|
2016 Bahrain Grand Prix
- Elimination qualifying officially replaced by 2015 format
- Haas mechanic credited for saving Grosjean’s race
- Caption Competition 101: Ecclestone and Warwick
- Grosjean takes back-to-back Driver of the Weekend wins
- Another decent race despite qualifying gloom