• F1 2014 - After three races, Mercedes AMG looks dominant after another 1-2 victory - Teams scrambling to catch up to Mercedes

      Wow, Mercedes is flat out flying out of the gate in 2014. Another Grand Prix and another 1-2 finish this time in Bahrain. McLaren states they can catch Mercedes but clearly everyone is scrambling to come up with a solution. Here is what McLaren racing director Eric Boullier had to say, "Itís true that the gap is huge now, but a one-second gap is catchable. I know a lot of areas we can work on and improve, so I think they can definitely be caught. We are aggressively developing now to make sure we can catch up with them."


      When your competition says the gap is huge and they are aggressively trying to catch up to you then you know you are doing things right. As if being first place in the standings and winning the first three races of the year was not proof enough. Mercedes is way out in front in the standings but obviously this is very early.

      At the Bahrain GP Lewis Hamilton took the victory followed by Nico Rosberg. Rosberg is 11 points ahead of Hamilton for first place in the standings. It will be interesting to see how the team treats the two as they both compete for the championship. Hopefully they are both able to battle with each other as well (as they did in this race) so that a championship does not come down to politics.

      Regarding the quality of the racing itself the Grand Prix was exciting. Rosberg and Hamilton started from the front of the grid and both went back and forth from the beginning. They both were essentially told to cool it off towards the end but seeing them go head to head bodes well for the competitive aspect from the team. Rosberg stated it was the best battle of his career and Hamilton said it was the hardest race he had ever won.

      What about everyone else? Clearly Mercedes is on another level right now with everyone else chasing them. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso managed a respectable fourth place finish. Red Bull Racing finished in 6th and 10th with Sebastian Vettel ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo. McLaren picked up 5th and 7th place finishes. The full standings are below.

      Things are looking great for Mercedes heading into the fourth race of the year in China taking place next weekend. Will Mercedes keep up this pace? Will the other teams catch them? It is going to be interesting to watch and the 2014 season is not disappointing.





      This article was originally published in forum thread: 2014 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX started by DavidV View original post
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      1. 0-60Motorsports's Avatar
        0-60Motorsports -
        I'll try n upload some shots. Some phone pics on my insta @060Motorsports
      1. Bozo954's Avatar
        Bozo954 -
        So far, so good, especially with the Force India and Williams teams seeming to be running quite well, Mercedes powertrain-wise, at least. Now if only McLaren can get it together.........

        On the other hand, I wouldn't sleep on Red Bull or the Ferrari with their psychos, Alonso & Raikkonen in the cockpit. Never know when they'll be on your ass.

        Hell, Vettel's kinda nutty himself, quiet as it's kept.

        Anyway, good luck to us.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Hopefully they are both able to battle with each other as well (as they did in this race) so that a championship does not come down to politics.
        As this race and the previous race showed there are no restrictions to battle for position.
        Actually none of the teams have shown this, only realism if one driver was faster than the other they were told to let the other pass.
        If later in the race pace was regained teammates again battled for position.

        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        They both were essentially told to cool it off towards the end
        Nope, they were only asked to bring the car to the finish in one piece. The last 10 laps were an awesome battle.



        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Bozo954 Click here to enlarge
        On the other hand, I wouldn't sleep on Red Bull or the Ferrari with their psychos, Alonso & Raikkonen in the cockpit. Never know when they'll be on your ass.

        Hell, Vettel's kinda nutty himself, quiet as it's kept.
        Alonso and Raikkonen are both extremely good racing drivers. Not really sure why you'd want to qualify them as psyco's at allClick here to enlarge
        Especially when there are drivers like Maldonado and Grosjean in the field.
      1. Bozo954's Avatar
        Bozo954 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        Alonso and Raikkonen are both extremely good racing drivers. Not really sure why you'd want to qualify them as psyco's at allClick here to enlarge
        Especially when there are drivers like Maldonado and Grosjean in the field.
        Oh no, David, they are psychos, in fact.........psycho nut cases. You misunderstand, and we are actually more of the same thought than you know. Please read on. My description is a term of endearment, a compliment to their ability and super-competitive natures, their outspoken tongues when communicating with the team, and their overall bad-assness.

        You with me?

        However, my man, you are exactly right in terms of being EXTREMELY good. In other words, I often think...........who are the top 5 drivers in F1? Okay, largely an opinion, so let's do it.

        In my book, Alonso and Kimi - for sure - are both top 3 drivers.............hard to put either in front of Vettel, with 4 consecutive titles. Kimi is my personal favorite, as he can flat out drive. I know, you said that already; still, worth restating.

        But can I say Hamilton, whom I like alot, is better than any of those 3? Nope.

        Here's my top 5 overall, not just this season............tell me yours.

        1. Vettel
        2. Kimi (tie)
        2a. Alonso (tie)
        4. Hamilton
        5. Button (primarily because he has a title; my heart is with Rosberg)

        What do you think? Looking forward to having a healthy debate. Click here to enlarge Not as crazy as I may appear. Click here to enlarge
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Bozo954 Click here to enlarge
        What do you think?
        Click here to enlarge
        We're actually not so far apart as you might think.
        IMO:
        For raw speed, Kimi is the fastest of the bunch
        Alonso is probably the better opportunist and thinker behind the wheel. There's not much between them speed wise.
        Ferrari has indeed the best driver's line-up of all teams this year.

        Hamilton is a very smart racer and has extreme pace when he gets in the zone.
        Button is of all drivers the neatest driver and the most consistent skilled driver, but not the most spectacular.
        Actually, I was going to put Vettel in this line-up as well, but Riccardo has really really impressed me the last races consistently outpacing Vettel.
        So my top5 right now would be:

        1. Raikkonen
        2. Alonso
        3. Hamilton
        4. Button
        5. Riccardo

        For whom would I cheer the most? Probably Button, but Mc Laren is far off the pace.
        Mercedes has it's act together, mainly because they've spent most of last year developing the 2014 car.
        Everybody else is just catching up.
        Ferrari most of all, their engine is a sad piece of work compared to the Mercedes.
        Mechanically the Red Bulls and Ferrari's are sound, but they miss engine finesse and power right now.

        The best thing that has come out of these rule changes is that, if the cars hold together, everyone can finish in the same lap, where last year the Marushia's and Caterhams were 2 or 3 laps down.
        And cars have less downforce, so they can drive behind each other without losing too much grip.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        Nope, they were only asked to bring the car to the finish in one piece. The last 10 laps were an awesome battle.
        Saying bringing them home is telling them essentially to have fun but not push it too hard.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Saying bringing them home is telling them essentially to have fun but not push it too hard.
        you clearly haven't seen the race
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        you clearly haven't seen the race
        You're right but I also clearly read that they were told to bring the cars home in one piece. What does that mean? Go all out?
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Basically, yes.
        As long as they didn't damage their cars they were allowed to race. Both drivers were given the exact same order.
        These are the best drivers in the world and by giving them the trust to race each other Mercedes boss Toto Wolff gave the world a very exiting piece of automotive history.
        An epic battle.
        Mercedes wants both drivers to race eachother. And they did.



        Toto Wolff:

        “You need to have the drivers understand where the team came from and not risk the image of such a brand - and they did it in a fantastic and spectacular way,” Wolff noted, “Okay, at turn three at the start of the race, I had doubts - I was like 'no, please, not for one-and-a-half hours now....' and then, at the end, at the restart, we discussed whether we could trust the drivers and they proved that [we could].

        “[We will continue like this] until we lose some front wings and then we will sit down again and discuss if this was the [right] strategy…. No, they are racing drivers, so it is all academic...”
        Which also showed the enormous dominance of Mercedes performance a the moment.
        While battling each other in the last 10 rounds after the safety car both Mercedes cars were an awesome 3 seconds per lap quicker than everybody else.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        Basically, yes.
        As long as they didn't damage their cars they were allowed to race. Both drivers were given the exact same order.
        These are the best drivers in the world and by giving them the trust to race each other Mercedes boss Toto Wolff gave the world a very exiting piece of automotive history.
        An epic battle.
        Yes they raced each other what I'm saying is they were told not to take it too far. They didn't.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Go watch the race and tell me what you think.
        This race is worth watching even though you know the outcome.
        Its just one of a few races that are just that awesome because of the battles.
        Hamilton and Rosberg were NOT just bringing their cars to the finish, I can tell you that.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        If I get the chance I'll definitely watch it. I just have way too much to do right now.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
      1. Bozo954's Avatar
        Bozo954 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        Click here to enlarge
        We're actually not so far apart as you might think.
        IMO:
        For raw speed, Kimi is the fastest of the bunch
        Alonso is probably the better opportunist and thinker behind the wheel. There's not much between them speed wise.
        Ferrari has indeed the best driver's line-up of all teams this year.

        Hamilton is a very smart racer and has extreme pace when he gets in the zone.
        Button is of all drivers the neatest driver and the most consistent skilled driver, but not the most spectacular.
        Actually, I was going to put Vettel in this line-up as well, but Riccardo has really really impressed me the last races consistently outpacing Vettel.
        So my top5 right now would be:

        1. Raikkonen
        2. Alonso
        3. Hamilton
        4. Button
        5. Riccardo

        For whom would I cheer the most? Probably Button, but Mc Laren is far off the pace.
        Mercedes has it's act together, mainly because they've spent most of last year developing the 2014 car.
        Everybody else is just catching up.
        Ferrari most of all, their engine is a sad piece of work compared to the Mercedes.
        Mechanically the Red Bulls and Ferrari's are sound, but they miss engine finesse and power right now.

        The best thing that has come out of these rule changes is that, if the cars hold together, everyone can finish in the same lap, where last year the Marushia's and Caterhams were 2 or 3 laps down.
        And cars have less downforce, so they can drive behind each other without losing too much grip.
        Thanks for the reply, David; enjoyed the read very much. But first off, once we're all done with this dicussion - "all" meaning a few othesr may jump into the top 5 ratings, let's finish off our top 10.

        If you want, you can go first, especially since I need to think about mine for a moment. Or not; we'll figure something out.

        It's funny you mention Riccardo in your top 5, because he is (probably) my #6 . Of course, we differ on Vettel, but that is the fun of it. That aside, I'm diggin your top 5.

        I only give Vettel that top ranking with due respect for his 4-year defending champion run, but cannot develop and argue a position against Alonso as #1 . That dude put the capital e in Elite driver.

        Translation?: As far as I'm concerned, he's the person to pattern onself after if wanting to be a top F1 driver.

        Otherwise, I concur with the comments after your list.

        Seems that, for all the growing pains with the new powertrain, the series is noticeably more competititive, with others catching up as you mentioned. That said, when Ferrari and Red Bull get it together -and I think they will - it should get even more exciting.

        Starting to remind me of the DTM, where it is a toss-up from year-to-year. I'm a Mercedes guy, but Audi & BMW are certainly strong...........hell, MB hasn't won in several years. And I still haven't gotten over Bruno Spengler leaving for BMW. Click here to enlarge I should grow up, ay?? I know; sad, but true in this case.

        Anyway, take it easy and we'll get to that top ten soon.
      1. Bozo954's Avatar
        Bozo954 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Bozo954 Click here to enlarge
        Otherwise, I concur with the comments after your list.
        P.S.
        Actually, David, I concur with everything you said...............that is, what you said before your list, too. (Click here to enlarge I'm losing it. The topic got me so excited - not like that Click here to enlarge - I forgot to make it clear.)

        Adios, my brother.