© Harry Schofield 2019
By Harry Schofield
Charles Leclerc could not keep his dreams alive of a win for Ferrari this weekend as mechanical failure cost him the win and let the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton take the win .
Charles Ferrari suffered a sudden loss of power and went into limp home mode, he could do nothing but let the two Mercedes of Hamilton and Bottas pass him. Leclerc managed to a 3rd place on the podium.
Lewis Hamilton put stress and intimidation on Sebastian Vettel and in the end Sebastian lost the rear end of the car, causing the Ferrari to spin out of control .
Sebastian floored the throttle to recover and over heated the tyres in the the spin, causing a vibration then a massive front wing failure putting him out of the race winning contention.
Both Renaults stopped on track at exactly the same time with suspected power unit failures.
This is a long championship and as reported in Racing Questions yesterday Ferrari may well be compromising performance for reliability.
Mercedes have a lack of straight line speed compared to Ferrari but Mercedes have the ultimate reliability.
Cooling may well be a factor for Ferrari’s downfall this weekend, 1 lap pace has been ok throughout the free practice sessions but race mode I suspect they still have issues.
Ferrari need to re group before China and look at the race pace as ultimately there is no points for pole position and its the race that count.
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Bahrain 2019 Grand Prix Result:
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 2.980s
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 6.131s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 6.408s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 36.068s
6 Lando Norris McLaren 45.754s 2
7 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 47.470s
8 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 58.094s
9 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 62.697s
10 Sergio Perez Racing Point 63.696s
11 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 64.599s
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1 LAP
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1 LAP
14 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1 LAP
15 George Russell Williams 1 LAP
16 Robert Kubica Williams 2 LAPS
Did not finish
Ricciardo Renault engine lap 55
Hulkenberg Renault engine lap 55
Sainz McLaren lap 55
Grosjean Haas crash damage lap 18