F1 2019: 5 Early Predictions for the Bahrain Grand Prix
Formula One is back and we have gotten off to a smashing start. Mercedes back on top, but this time it was Bottas who took the inaugural race win with Lewis Hamilton and the all-new Honda-powered Red Bull of Max Verstappen in third.
Ferrari seemed a little lagging and going into Bahrain there will be a lot of questions over whether the prancing horses of Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc can pull one back over Mercedes, or whether the Silver Arrows will run away with this one for the start of the season at least.
Now we head to Bahrain, a race which saw some craziness last time around with Pierre Gasly's Toro Rosso in fourth, and Vettel taking the win in front of Bottas not being able to get in front of the Ferrari.
With the all new and improved Bottas showing his attitude in 2019, I find it hard to believe that the Mercedes driver will be as meek in his attack of cars in front of him as he was last year.
I also find it hard to believe that we have seen all of Ferrari's pace in Australia. A track like Bahrain will be a true test of all the cars on the grid, unlike a strange track like Albert Park. Will we see Ferrari notch one back over Mercedes?
Will Bottas continue to show off his mean streak, or will he falter behind Hamilton as he did last year? And how will the Red Bulls perform on a track like Sakhir, one where Gasly saw so much success last year?
We don't know, but like always that won't stop us from guessing. Here are our five early predictions for the 2019 Bahrain Grand Prix.
#5 Vettel takes Pole
Ferrari really needs to show themselves as a contender this Sunday in Bahrain, and all of that work starts on Saturday.
Last time around in Bahrain, Vettel was fast enough to grab pole and take the victory, so it does seem like he is carrying the track specific momentum heading into Bahrain.
Ferrari's response to their lack of pace in Australia was rather calm, hinting that they know what went wrong and are on top of the problem.
Mercedes might be on top right now, but Vettel is a fighter and with pole being all important in any race, we see the Ferrari's getting the jump on the rest of the grid with their pace on Saturday.
Why Vettel and not Leclerc? Well even in Australia, we saw the Ferrari rookie asking permission to overtake Vettel, and while the same team preference does not exist on Saturdays, it shows that Charles isn't necessarily in an absolute competition mindset, while no doubt, Vettel is.