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The season opener as we expected gave us lots of drama on track. It was a good start from Nico Rosberg who followed on from the theme from last year where we saw him on a real roll of strong result he appears to have the slight edge over Hamilton.

Like we saw over the winter Ferrari are a lot closer and this battle could heat up later in the season.

Crash bang wallop

As expected there were accidents and the one between Fernando Alonso where he clipped the back of Esteban Gutierrez sending debris everywhere. The crash couldn’t of been avoided it can as the stewards said was a racing incident.

While this is to be expected a big shunt like the one we saw is scary reminding us that Grand Prix racing is dangerous and will always be.

Haas first points

That was the best race for a debuted team since the race here in 2009. The result came as a bit of a surprise to me as we saw Marussia (now Manor) take until there fifth season to take any points. Gene Haas said “Grosjean just drove his heart out and did everything he could to keep it up there and it worked out.

He added “When (Nico) Hulkenberg was behind him I thought he might catch him, but he held him off and we actually started to make some time”

Mercedes vs Ferrari

Like we seen in pre-season testing the fight this season and in this race will be between Mercedes and Ferrari. the restart showed that there close with Vettel and Hamilton still fighting.

But the decision to move to super softs may have cost them in the race. The red flag may have been a factor. Vettel said “I was very happy to see that I had a better start than the two cars in front of me, reminding me of Hungary last year and it worked out.

“It was great to see that Kimi made it as well, so we got first and second and from there we dictated the pace. The red flag didn’t help us.”

Mad Max is still mad

Like we saw last season once again Max Verstappen pulled off some brilliant moves during the race but I think given his age he could have a very long career. He can pass where you least expect him to and most of the time pull it off.

He could be a great give him a good car he could be at the front of the pack and even a multiple world champion one day.

Renaults return

Renault didn’t have that performance they would of like but a ok result just outside the top ten. This could prove they are in the midfield and now with the support of works team status they will make inroads into the field. Jolyon Palmer will be pleased with the result beating Magnussen

The data

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See you in Bahrain

In a fortnights time we will have a better circuit for over taking and it is a night race. I expect a Mercedes win with the long straights but like we saw this weekend it will be closer.

 

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