Gonzalez qualified a dizzying seventh!
Cecotto scored a point!
Thank goodness Valsecchi restored a sense of normality by winning – again. And what on earth were Lotus ART up to?! A disaster for such a crack operation.
I wonder if Lotus saw what their F1 counterpart did and tried to copy them? It didn’t work…
Still, great work by both DAMS drivers. Valsecchi at the top of his game and Nasr patiently worked his way through the field – rather better than Gutierrez did.
Van der Garde went backwards when his tyres went off but at least he’s got a decent result on the board now.
Quite pleasantly surprised by Haryanto too. He’s very close to Chilton, who has two full seasons in GP2 under his belt. Dillmann looks handy enough too. Be interesting to see how he and Nasr get along off the front row – and whether Valsecchi can come through to make it a perfect run of wins in Bahrain.
I can’t help but wonder if Marussia are priming Haryanto for a seat in Formula 1 someday. He contested GP3 with Manor under the Marussia name, and now he’s racing for Marussia Carlin. The constant merry-go-round of drivers within the team would set a poor precedent, and they have a history (as with Wickens) of only providing minimal backing to their drivers, but the team seems to be making some kind of progress, so they might be inclined to take Haryanto next year.
Superb win by Dillmann in the second race. He pulled out a decent lead early on but when Razia started reeling him in later on I thought he was done for. But he stayed cool and a small mistake by Razia at the beginning of the final lap helped Dillmann get home safely.
Third for Valsecchi strengthens his position in the championship – he did well to catch and re-pass Gutierrez. Good drive by Nasr too – hopefully the stewards will leave his position alone, he’s had some questionable penalties over the course of these two weekends in Bahrain.
Well, that was an absolute disaster for Addax. After six races, they have just two points to show for themselves after Cecotto took ninth in the first Bahrain feature race.
Sure, their driver choice is questionable, but they’re a highly-competent team. They should be getting better results than these, even with pay drivers. Something is clearly wrong.
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