The searing heat of the Bahrain Grand Prix proved a little too testing for the two Mercedes Petronas AMG drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Rosberg began in pole position after a stunning performance in qualifying, while Hamilton began in ninth place.
Going into the full race with confidence, Rosberg was unable to sustain his lead as he was forced to switch from a three-stop to a four-stop strategy after his third stint. It was the heat that he felt most keenly, with temperatures on the track rising to an incredible 42 degrees Celsius, and he finished in ninth place, picking up two valuable points.
Hamilton had struggled in qualifying, but he produced a typically exciting performance, and was able to finish up in fifth place, earning Mercedes Petronas AMG ten points. Like Rosberg, Hamilton struggled at the start of the race, and was only able to force his way ahead as the temperatures began to drop. The race’s finale was particularly exciting, with Hamilton battling it out with Sergio Perez, Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso, for the coveted fifth place, and Rosberg finishing shortly afterwards.
Hamilton was understandably elated, particularly due to his team’s position of third in the overall points table. He said: “I had so much fun fighting with Mark at the end. We really needed that point and I was so determined to get by. It was good, clean, wheel-to-wheel racing. I’m very proud of what we have achieved over the first four races and to be third in the Drivers’ Championship is beyond any of our expectations.”
Next up was the Spanish Grand Prix, on May 12. The Mercedes Petronas AMG team hoped to benefit from the break between races to ensure that its car
s were functioning to the best possible standard.