Sebastian Vettel was voted Driver of the Weekend for the fourth time in the last six races after winning the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Here’s what you had to say about the world championship leader’s latest performance and the other notable drivers in last week’s race.
Sebastian Vettel’s Bahrain Grand Prix weekend
Ferrari looked strong from the get-go on Friday but Saturday reinforced the impression that Mercedes can extract more performance over a single lap in qualifying.
Nonetheless Vettel split the two Mercedes at the start then made a daringly early pit stop work with a flying lap out of the pits and a little fortune with the Safety Car. After rebuffing a strong attack from Valtteri Bottas he produced a scorching pace to keep Hamilton out of the picture.
Cannot fault him for the +0.4s deficit in qualifying which seems more and more likely down to a special qualifying setting that Mercedes run. Whilst beside the point, I haven’t really come across any article which explains how and why Mercedes benefit from it during qualifying but not the race. Anyway, Vettel out-qualified his team mate by a significant margin, headed Practice times and put in a flawless performance during the race.
Other than shouting ‘this new 2017 formula is brilliant’ at least ten times during the race, I remember trying to convince the missus (who has no choice but to watch F1 every time it’s on) how amazing it was that an F1 car can actually follow another F1 car and more importantly how the art of defending works. A very important part of Vettel’s driving was not just how he attacked (at the start) but how he defended (keeping Hamilton out of the DRS zone when pursuing Bottas and after the Safety Car restart). Just flawless I must say.
Topped first and second. Unfortunately the qualifying pace wasn’t there but he didn’t put a foot wrong in the race. Excellent weekend.
He’s blowing away Raikkonen in both qualifying and race and he’s beating Hamilton as well.
Bahrain Grand Prix winners and losers
While Vettel took half of your votes, Sergio Perez was a clear runner-up as one in four of you picked him as the star of Bahrain.
Perez dropped out in Q1 after being delayed by the yellow flag due to Carlos Sainz Jnr’s Toro Rosso. However from 18th on the grid he charged through the field for an excellent seventh.
Qualifying was not down to him but on Sunday despite Force India’s poor pace both on qualifying trim and race trim, Force India delivered, they had no power unit glitches, no bad strategy calls on Perez great moves great result.
I’m not sure what happened to Ocon he had a really strong start of race, he was the star of the start, he was quickly into the points, still really professional job.
Pennyroyal tea (@Peartree)
Speaking of Sainz, it was a hero-to-zero weekend for him after China:
I know Sainz wasn’t at fault for what happened in qualifying this race weekend but surprisingly, in most of the last few races, even including some towards the end of last year, Kvyat has being beating Sainz quite a bit more often in qualifying.
In Bahrain, Sainz made a huge mistake. I’d say nearly as bad as what Kvyat did to Vettel in Russia last year only it resulted in a double retirement. That was a very clumsy mistake from Sainz there.
Kvyat had a strong race with loads of good little scraps with other drivers. Although he did seem to keep getting pushed right off the track at times. Although it was out of the points, it was certainly an entertaining drive.
Ben Rowe (@Thegianthogweed)
Another driver who stood out for many was Nico Hulkenberg:
He was a huge 1.2 secs ahead in qualifying and was on a different lap to Palmer in the race.
It’s such a shame that people seem to get swept up in the end of Mercedes dominance. Not that Vettel was bad but I wouldn’t say he did anything exceptional this weekend.
Sebastian Vettel’s Driver of the Weekend wins from 2011 to date
- 2011 Italian Grand Prix
- 2011 Singapore Grand Prix
- 2011 Indian Grand Prix
- 2012 South Korean Grand Prix
- 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix
- 2013 Canadian Grand Prix
- 2013 German Grand Prix
- 2013 Singapore Grand Prix
- 2013 Indian Grand Prix
- 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
- 2014 Spanish Grand Prix
- 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix
- 2015 Canadian Grand Prix
- 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix
- 2015 Singapore Grand Prix
- 2016 Mexican Grand Prix
- 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
- 2017 Australian Grand Prix
- 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix
Driver of the Weekend: The Twitter verdict
— Jim (@j1mie) April 17, 2017
— Joe 🏎 (@CCSSOOZZ) April 17, 2017
I'm not taking anything away from Vettel and Ferrari they were fast and earned the victory but tough break for Lewis and Mercedes #BahrainGP
— 🏁 Willie Blanton 🏁 (@Willie_Blanton) April 16, 2017
— Farid (@PerezMataCFC) April 16, 2017
You have to feel bad for Lance Stroll but he isn't helping the whole "spoiled kid" thing giving interviews like he did today #F1
— Hayley Ferguson (@Hayleyfergs) April 16, 2017
— Michael Flavel 🇦🇺 (@michaelflavel) April 16, 2017
— Samuel Douglas (@the5thmarketeer) April 16, 2017
Decent race that. Merc seriously need to sort out their strategies, them last few laps from Lewis tho 🔥 #BahrainGP
— Matt Thompson (@MattThompson84) April 16, 2017
— Kemosabe.Sean (@KemosabeSean4) April 16, 2017
— TAZZMAN (@shailmatai) April 17, 2017
— Joe Locker (@JoeMo0703) April 16, 2017
It's kinda humiliation for Alonso to be the number 2 in a team, bt he dsprtly needs better and faster car to do anything anyway. #F1
— Alejandro (@littleguardian) April 17, 2017
— Michael Flavel 🇦🇺 (@michaelflavel) April 16, 2017
— Tom Sheahan (@tsheahan13) April 16, 2017
— Afición al Motor (@Aficionalmotor) April 16, 2017
— #NPFLReto (@Undisputed_Jsam) April 17, 2017
— Michael Blankley (@FeedDaFullback) April 16, 2017
That's what you get for pit lane naughtiness, Lewis. #BahrainGP
— Claire Riedlinger (@CRiedlinger77) April 16, 2017
Well done Sebastian Vettel on winning the Bahrain GP #F1
— Linda Beale (@linda_beale) April 16, 2017
— Jon Horner ❄️ (@Dearneman) April 16, 2017
Not impressed by the "calls for Merc to choose HAM as no 1 driver" headlines. Who said this? LH?! Bottas didn't stupidly get a 5s pen! #F1
— Chris Jenson (@cpjenson) April 17, 2017
Someone should just get Lance Stroll a Rascal Scooter and paint "F1" on it. That way he can finish a race without DNFing. #Formula1
— Indie Gamer Chick (@IndieGamerChick) April 16, 2017
I just feel bad for Lance Stroll. The guy is performing way beyond what anyone expected but can't catch a break #BahrainGP
— Alex (@Alex_BTCC) April 16, 2017
Unless Ricciardo is in a Ferrari or Mercedes 5th is about the best he can get out of his car. #F1
— Paul A (@AtkinsonPaul) April 16, 2017
— Johanna Heywood (@JohannaCHeywood) April 16, 2017
— Quags (@motorsportquags) April 16, 2017
— Jamoi (@Foxyjimjam) April 16, 2017
— Nick Gee (@nickgee1000) April 16, 2017
— Ge Se (@GeSe987) April 16, 2017
*Dive from about 100 yards behind the car in front, aim for it, smash into it…and then say "he hit me"
– Carlos Sainz Jr logic #F1
— Iain Bonsall (@MyNameIsntIan) April 16, 2017
— Pascal Tremblay (@tblay35) April 16, 2017
Stroll crash a good example why excitement re Sainz needs to be reined in. Still some rough edges to iron out before he can join F1's elite.
— Oliver Harden (@OllieHarden) April 16, 2017
— Light Speed (@Li6ht5peed) April 16, 2017
I think Vettel dropped lucky with that safety car. Good effort on Hamilton's part to try and catch him up. #F1
— One Ontumetse (@citizenerased_O) April 16, 2017
Stroll is out of his depth in F1. Massa is carrying the team. They're lucky to have him!
— ƖƇЄMƛƝ™🇫🇮🇬🇧🇩🇪 (@Jaxx_F1) April 16, 2017
Lance stroll is an utter disgrace. #BahrainGP
— Louis (@Louiswswhu) April 16, 2017
Sterling drive from Vettel. Already Lewis is a race win clear of Bottas. Looking more and more like a two-horse race this season! #BahrainGP
— Chris Buckle (@MrChrisBuckle) April 16, 2017
— Dennis Michael (@itsDennisM) April 16, 2017
— Hêlîn (@MUnitedGirl) April 16, 2017
Just watched the Bahrain Grand Prix. Hamilton cost himself unfortunately, may well have won had he not got that needless time penalty. #F1
— ㅤ (@ClassyRooney) April 16, 2017
— Andres Zuluaga (@ZuluagaRacing) April 16, 2017
— Kevin Parrott (@K_Parrott) April 16, 2017
— Ben Ashcroft (@BenAshcroft27) April 16, 2017
— Michael Coleman (@Michaelcolepitz) April 16, 2017
My DOTD goes to my fav F1 driver Sergio Perez! He started down in P18 and finished P7 – an incredible comeback from the Mexican. Superb! 😁👍
— Robby T. (@RobbyTHD) April 16, 2017
— Richard Loat (@richardloat) April 16, 2017
Problem with the mercedes is that they are giving equal chances to both the drivers where as in ferrari kimi is already a second driver#F1
— Mayur Jain (@Jainopedia) April 16, 2017
— Jake Williams-Smith (@wsmithjake) April 16, 2017
#BahrainGP Lewis was unsporting in pit lane and deserved to not be on the podium. Just ridiculous. Shame on Mercedes forcing Bottas out.
— Winifred Nidd (@winifred_nidd) April 16, 2017
After 3 races Mercedes are already mugging Bottas off , there's no need for team orders at this stage of the season! #f1
— Tom Clisham (@TomClisham) April 16, 2017
— Suyin Sol (@KimiRaikkonenO_) April 16, 2017
— prakul (@prakxter) April 16, 2017
Ferrari wins #BahrainGp with better strategy and if course a Great driver – would've like to see HAM on S/softs or softs but 5 laps earlier
— P44UL v HAM #44 (@IamPaul4real) April 16, 2017
— Kiri (@kirithetraveler) April 16, 2017
— Christian Ashby (@ChristianSHBY) April 16, 2017
— Chris Cave (@CConMotorsport) April 16, 2017
— Stephen D'Albiac (@s_dalbiac) April 16, 2017
Team orders or no team orders, Bottas wasn't quick enough today. #BahrainGP
— Adam (@Adam_HAMFAN) April 16, 2017
— Chirag Khanna (@Chirag5Khanna) April 16, 2017
— Ben Hodges (@benjameshodges) April 16, 2017
I love Kimi. But can't help feeling that he's well past his use by date. The way he complains all the time is just ridiculous. #F1
— Gautam Karkhanis (@gkarkhanis) April 17, 2017
Watching Hamilton run away from Bottas so far just makes me respect Rosberg more for the fights he could put up against HAM. #F1
— Samuel Reiman (@samuelreiman) April 17, 2017
Lance Stroll's schoolboy mistake costs Carlos Sainz Jr. Kick out incompetent drivers like that Candian from F1. BharainGP
— Zarni (@Z4Zarni) April 17, 2017
people complaining team orders. Bottas race pace was non existent even on the soft tyres. #f1
— Chronos Caerus (@ChronosCaerus) April 17, 2017
— Ayush Rai (@ayushrai25) April 17, 2017
How did Daniil Kvyat make so many impressive overtaking moves yet still end up last but one? 🤔 #BahrainGP
— Rob Larque (@larky77) April 18, 2017
2017 Bahrain Grand Prix
- Vettel voted Driver of the Weekend for the fourth time in six races
- 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix team radio transcript
- Bahrain Grand Prix gets second-highest rating in a decade
- Why Hamilton’s penalty didn’t cost him a Bahrain win
- Top ten pictures from the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix