After another double podium for Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in a thriller of a race under the Sakhir lights, we’re back with all the very best facts and figures from Bahrain!
A big day for Valtteri
Saturday was a big day for Valtteri, as the Finn sealed his first Formula One career pole position with a scorcher of a lap. The fifth Finn to claim an F1 pole and the first to do so in almost 10 years, Valtteri is in the esteemed company of Keke Rosberg, Mika Häkkinen, Kimi Räikkönen and Heikki Kovalainen.
A day after securing top spot on the grid, Valtteri came home third in the race to clinch his second podium of the year and the 11th top three finish of his Grand Prix career to date.
Despite a superb late charge, Lewis narrowly missed out on second win of 2017 to Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. But, by finishing in second, he still managed to jump four-time World Champion Alain Prost on the list of all-time podium appearances, moving into an exclusive second place on 107. Only one driver has more – the great Michael Schumacher, with a record 155.
That late charge to the flag also netted Lewis the fastest lap of the race – his second of the year after China. He’s already well on the way to beating the three fastest laps he recorded in 2016.
A big weekend for the two Mercedes Junior drivers
And the tallies keep on rising for the Brit too. An eighth straight visit to the rostrum – a run that stretches back to last year’s Japanese Grand Prix. He’ll need eight more in succession if he is to match his own personal high score of 16 and a further 11 if he’s got eyes on Schumacher’s all-time record of 19…
It was a big weekend in Bahrain for the two Mercedes Junior drivers too. Pascal Wehrlein marked his return from injury with a strong run to P11 on his first Grand Prix start with Sauber – the team’s best finish of 2017 so far and his second best result in F1 to date after P10 in Austria last year.
Pascal was just beaten to the points by former Manor Racing teammate and fellow Mercedes Junior Esteban Ocon. The Frenchman has had a fine start to 2017, notching three consecutive P10 finishes for new team Force India.
Next stop on the F1 world tour, it’s the fourth running of the Russian Grand Prix. After a trio of wins at the Sochi Autodrom since the inaugural race in 2014, let’s see what this year’s edition has in store for the Silver Arrows…