The race is well organised, the circuit is modern and holding the race under lights has really improved the spectacle! Sincethe race has followed the lead of Singapore and moved to a later timeslot under lights, which has really improved the spectator experience at the circuit. Not only do the cars look great under lights, the night time temperatures are also much more comfortable for fans. The good news is that all the grandstands at the Bahrain International Circuit offer good viewing opportunities, many over several sections of the track.
Formula 1 Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton was last night celebrating a dramatic win after Formula One's emerging star, Charles Leclerc, was robbed of victory following a cruel engine failure here in Bahrain.
But with just 11 of the lap race to run, a devastating mechanical problem saw him lose significant straight-line speed. Despite losing 30mph in power, Leclerc nursed his poorly machine to third, aided when the race finished behind a safety car with Daniel Ricciardo's parked Renault dangerously positioned.
It was the final act of a dramatic grand prix. On Saturday, Leclerc delivered a statement of intent by blowing away team-mate Sebastian Vettel to clinch his maiden pole. He started poorly, dropping to third, before re-passing Valtteri Bottas - also a fortunate recipient of Leclerc's late demise to finish second - and Vettel, too, with a fine move.
By lap six, he was back in the lead. Leclerc was signed by Ferrari after an encouraging debut season with Sauber, but Vettel's number one status within the team was expected to go unchallenged. This weekend however, has felt like a changing of the guard. Vettel, the man who Ferrari have backed to end a championship drought which stretches back to , was thrashed in qualifying, the race, and then catastrophically spun when duelling with Hamilton.
He finished fifth. On lap 38, and with Leclerc in control of the race, Vettel and Hamilton were fighting for second.
Hamilton stamped on the brakes later than Vettel and made the move stick around the outside of the right-handed fourth bend. Sebastian Vettel's front wing detaches at high speed Credit: Reuters Suddenly, Vettel then lost control of his car, and to make matters worse, his front wing dramatically broke free of his Ferrari.
The crest-fallen German fell to ninth after a visit to the pits for repairs. Hamilton may have expected Vettel to be his closest challenger for a sixth world title.
The Briton could now be forgiven for thinking Leclerc will fill those shoes. Yet, despite struggling with his tyres, the Briton demonstrated his class to move past his team-mate, Bottas, Vettel and finally a stricken Leclerc.
McLaren's Lando Norris took an impressive sixth in his second grand prix Credit: Getty Images He added: "You want to pass someone for the win because you are quicker than them and through a fight. I overtook Charles and raised my hand to him because there was nothing I could do.
Norris, 19, cheered on by his father, Adam, and mother, Cisca as well as his elder brother and younger sister, delivered McLaren's best result in over a year in just his second appearance. Norris, who will return to his McLaren cockpit at the same Bahrain venue tomorrow for this week's test, said: "The mechanics will have a couple of drinks tonight, but I won't be drinking.
It's for the better. Worth watching the highlights later on, for sure. Not much more to say apart from Leclerc should have won it.
He drove faultlessly all weekend and, apart from a poor first lap or two, was superb. Hamilton was there to take advantage, though, and he drove as well as he could have hoped including some excellent wheel-to-wheel battles with Bottas and Vettel. Bottas still leads the championship but he lacked pace today.
A lot of other stories to pick out there: first points for Norris and Albon, a double Renault retirement, Haas's pace disappearing and another Vettel error.
Stay tuned for more reaction and analysis from us tomorrow.