Who Were the Winners and Losers at the 2015 Bahrain GP?

The first emotions you feel when you visit the Bahrain International Circuit at Sakhir are awe and admiration. It is no wonder that after the race, Shaikh Salman bin Isa Al Khalifa the CEO of the Grand Prix reported last year’s attendance record was broken, with 32,000 fans attending.

The glamour and uniqueness of the night GP has also won this race the Best Organized Grand Prix from FIA. However, the real winners and losers who really matter are on the track, which makes it imperative to get some insight on them. Here are some ideas:

1.       Mercedes

There have been endless ongoing events off the track all revolving around Hamilton and his contract.  However, Mercedes can rest easy knowing that the Briton is not affected by the hullabaloo about a probable move to Ferrari.  Rosberg was strong and came in third despite struggling with brakes. The team heads out of Bahrain 2015 GP as confident as ever despite the looming threat from SF15-T.

2.       Kimi Räikkönen and Ferrari

There was once a time when the mention of Formula One instantly conjured images of Scuderia’s red machines. It seems the team has gotten its groove back and now looks like a real threat to Mercedes W06.

Kimi made a perfect tire strategy by getting the slow mediums off earlier in the race and stuck firmly to clinch a podium finish.  Vettel who most thought to be the real threat foundered due to his own faults but still the team goes to Spain as strong as ever.

3.       Valtteri Bottas

After enduring a tough race at Melbourne due to back injury, the likeable Bottas is back to credible performances.  The Williams FW37 seems like a viable threat to Ferrari in the race for second best and Bottas is sure to drive this fight.

4.       Romain Grosjean and Lotus

No one seems to really appreciate Grosjean but the Frenchman is a fighter and Lotus has him to thank for its impressive revival this season.  A 7th place for Grosjean, which is the second consecutive one, means the battle for the 4th constructors’ title will get even more exciting with Red Bull and Toro Rosso also in the mix.

5.       Fernando Alonso, Button and McLaren

Forget what these two former champions and Eric Boullier their boss tell you because the mood at McLaren is one of desperation. The image of a dejected Button when he couldn’t even get his car to the grid speaks volumes.  Alonso closely lost 10th position but still this is nothing to write home about for such a team and investment. Clearly, McLaren has miles to go to catch up with the leaders.

So, what is your take on the winners and losers at Bahrain? Do you think Ricciardo who came in 6th or Perez at 8th deserve mention as winners?