After the first events in Australia and Bahrain, Nico Rosberg guides the Driver standings with 50 points resulting from two clear wins. This chain of victories has continued for 5 consecutive weekends (three in 2015), bringing to sixteen his personal successes.
On pole position front, anyway, the star performer is definitely Lewis Hamilton who made a perfect lap also in Sakhir, beating off his competitors. He was less good in both starts in which his team mate got the better of him. In Bahrain, he even ended up in the middle of the group due to a contact suffered from Bottas, maker of a colorless race. Critics took the occasion for condemning his too dissolute lifestyle made of parties and worldliness.“A driver who achieves a pole position like that signed by Hamilton in Bahrain he can be everything but not out of focus. Also in race, despite his car was damaged by the contact with Bottas, he has been very good in recovering and achieved the podium, behind Raikkonen. His two mistakes at the start can be ok. When you have a perfect and superior car like Mercedes in this moment, you pay each little mistakes with the team mate’s victory”, Gian Carlo Minardi observes. The chronometer shows Mercedes faster than Ferrari, second power in the World Championship: 0,8 “ in race and 1′ in qualifying.
“We should have more Hamilton in this Formula 1. In his spare time he enjoys life and cultivates his hobbies, but when it is time of getting serious, everything disappear, and there are his performances to prove it. In a certain sense, it’s like 20 years ago”.
In this moment, Maranello has to face reliability that blocked Sebastian Vettel during the formation lap in Sakhir. This headache could affect the development of the SF16-H. “The famous “little knob” works very well on Mercedes, whereas it creates reliability problems for Ferrari due to the temperature emitted by the Power-Unit, even if it helped to decrease the gap” , the manager from Faenza concludes and invites us to watch the Chinese event that will take place in just over a week.