The Grand Prix of Bahrain, which took place as a night race for the first time ever, was a huge disappointment for the Sauber F1 Team. Adrian Sutil and Esteban Gutiérrez were both involved in accidents that were not their fault, so were forced to retire. Gutiérrez flipped over but was found uninjured after medical checks.
The Bahrain Grand Prix was a disappointing event for all at McLaren. An unremarkable qualifying performance – Jenson gridded sixth and Kevin eighth – was followed by a race showing that could have resulted in a decent points-scoring finish, for Button at least, but instead ended in a double DNF owing to clutch problems on both cars.
McLaren Mercedes drivers Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen qualified in 7th and 9th today, a performance that was in line with the expectations before the weekend, but well below the team's own targets.
In the night qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix, Sauber's Esteban Gutiérrez was able to make it into Q2, finishing 15th, while Adrian Sutil had to abort his final quick lap due to traffic and ended up 18th. Because of blocking other drivers, Sutil was also handed a 5-place grid penalty, requiring him to start from the very back of the grid.
Mercedes seems the team to beat during this weekends Bahrain GP. After winning the first two races of the season, the team once again proved to be in excellent form during the third free practice session at the Bahrain International Circuit. Lewis Hamilton was the fastest man on track, followed by team mate Nico Rosberg and Force India's Sergio Perez.
Sahara Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg finished in a strong fifth place in the Malaysian Grand Prix to bring the team’s points tally to 19 points after two races. Sergio Perez failed to start the race after suffering a series of issues, which caused the car to get stuck in gear on the way to the grid.