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Dark Mini got busy... emoticon

But best race on a Honda engine since 2008 emoticon

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F1

Wow. That was great. Once again, Bahrain shows that wide open spaces are great for racing. I prefer circuits like Sakhir to Monte Carlo. On that, Baku and Singapore are what I want to see in a street circuit. I prefer having room to get my elbows out and just go fast. That allows for overtakes like Hamilton's three-in-one, which typically had the British press' short memories firing declaring it mind-blowing, as if no-one's ever done that before. The archive guys quickly shot that down by showing Jenson Button doing it in '06 in China. Ricciardo did it last year in Baku, too, his was better. Also Bottas was no wuss. There was no move to bottle, Mark Blundell, piss off. He was too far back. Bit rich for Blundell to say that, when I've seen archive footage of Rubens Barrichello costing him points doing that to him at Silverstone. As for people saying Lewis or Max or Daniel would have thrown it up the inside, well you know nothing either. Max in that race himself proved that that will only ever end in a crash, and then Valtteri would have been called too desperate. A 'damned if you do, damned if you don't' situation.

On that, Max is showing he's a big baby by playing the 'old guys hate the youngster' card. It was your fault, Max, just accept it and quit your whining. Not often I would agree with Hamilton, but I do here. He's right, Verstappen was such a Richard Cranium there. He didn't actually pass Hamilton there, he shoved him off the track, and could have rear-ended Alonso too for his trouble. It's not that Bottas lacks a killer instict, it's actually that Verstappen lacks common sense. You wanna be a champion someday, you gotta cut that crap out.

What a show by Gasly! As MiniDrivers said, "What a GP2 Engine!" Eat that, Fernando. Like him also sticking the boot in saying "Now we can fight!" Less savoury, was the Spanish 'fans' doing their usual thing of hurling tons of bile and toxic abuse at anyone who dares besmirch their God Emperor Alonso. Their behaviour towards Hamilton back in the day was an unsightly display of how low humanity can sink sometimes. The same occurs in MotoGP with Marc Marquez. Life's too short guys. As I've pointed out before, I would end up just being a jerk towards Hamilton fans, or people who disagree with me on anything, for that matter, if I ever was on social media, so I'm not. In my immature teen days, I did the equivalent on old-fashioned message boards and chat rooms towards Schumacher, to my shame. I can't be trusted. I try to keep a lid on it, but not always successfully. It's always something to be improved.

A Ferrari mechanic breaking a leg in a botched pitstop. I thought those days were over when refuelling disappeared. I know you were trying to big up human endeavour in competition, Guenther Steiner, but in saying 'who would wanna watch human free pit stops?' you ended up coming across as wanting to see people get injured, which is not what you meant at all. Choose your words carefully. That's the moral, there. Best wishes, of course to the mechanic. Besides, I for one, would want to watch robots doing that, Guenther. I mean, robots, come on! Robots are awesome. Leave mistakes to the drivers, not the personnel.

That Sauber looks handy, huh? A one stop getting Ericsson into the lower reaches of the points? Lift and coast, when done right can lead to great results like that. Pushing all the way, spherical-objects-out, to the flag just isn't conducive to good racing anymore, DC. You've crossed the line into dinosaur territory, there. Ssh... no-one tell him they do that in Formula E, for goodness' sake... It rubs salt into the wound for Leclerc, though, after he was "so stupid" in Q1. Don't panic and overdrive it now, Charles, please. Giovinazzi will start circling like a vulture if that happens.

Lastly, how significant is it that the two Mercedes customers are bottom of the pile in the constructors, when they would have been a dead cert to be up top along with them a few years ago. Now Ferrari are currently in that position. How long will that last?

Drivers

1. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 50
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 33
3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 22
4. Fernando Alonso (McLaren Renault) 16

Constructors

1. Ferrari 65
2. Mercedes 55
3. McLaren Renault 22
4. Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 20

Manufacturers

1. Ferrari 77
2. Renault 57
3. Mercedes 56
4. Honda 12

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Shanghai is a Mercedes track, so expect domination. It seems that Raikkoben is again strong on one lap pace, so again I go for him. Will he give his Chinese fans something to cheer about for a change? Never fails to amuse me that he's in red car no. 7, so they support him.
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First time since end of 2013 that for three races in row Mercedes hasn't won.
That's a start.

Ferrari tactical decisions for Kimi were a bit... questionable. They could've done better.
But I'm not too sorry about the results, even if this put Ricciardo ahead of him.

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So Bottas isn't aggressive, huh? Can you spell vindication? One race in which a move didn't happen, and he's decried as useless. That'll teach them. Only Ricciardo was in a position to say he could make a move work, and he proved it with an overtaking bonanza. He hasn't gotten that drastically wrong since Hungary '15 as far as I can remember, and he ended up accidentally deciding the championship in the process... I'm really getting fed up with Verstappen. He's no exciting tyro, when that's what his moves end up doing. What was I saying about him cutting that crap out? Once again, the great weakness of Hamilton is exposed. When the car isn't nailed on perfect, he's nowhere, chewing up his tyres with his permanently boot-to-the-floor style. We waited for Ferrari to drop the ball, and missing the undercut and costing Vettel the lead to Bottas was that moment. Even I'm rolling my eyes at Vettel carping on about the safety car timing. Excuse me, Seb? Australia, hello? It shows how much trouble Mercedes are in currently when Hamilton was expressing relief at Verstappen's run in with Vettel. Will this turn out like Ferrari in '03, and Mercedes go on to rally back (lame pun) in Europe, after losing the first three races? Let's see...

Drivers

1. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 54
2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 45
3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 40
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer) 37

Constructors

1. Mercedes 85
2. Ferrari 84
3. Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 55
4. McLaren Renault 28

Manufacturers

1. Renault 108
2. Ferrari 97
3. Mercedes 86
4. Honda 12

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F2

Oops. I thought Rowland was still about. I went on and on about not being enthused by Norris, and I'm still not sure. Will he be a force or will Bahrain be a flash in the pan. Maybe it's the whole 'Great British Hope' thing being attached to him that's putting me off. What a performance Sette Camara put in especially when he did the switchback on Markelov, who confirmed to me his status as favourite, combining excellent tyre preservation with Ricciardo-like way-far-back moves that go without a hitch, just as much a Markelov staple now. Sette Camara gets better and better all the time, he's impressed me so much after starting out last year in F2 as a bit of a trouble magnet. That battle in Macau has clearly given him confidence that he can slug it out with the best of 'em. He too can combine defence with offence, again, in a way that he couldn't before. Dark horse? Big shout out too to Maximilian Gunther for second place on Sunday.

I'm gonna keep getting annoyed by commentator Alex Jacques pronunciation of Tadasuke Makino's name. Having watched so many Japanese game shows and anime and played so many games now, I now, like we all can round here, notice the English habit of stretching out Japanese names to sound more like they look. We know from watching Sasuke/Ninja Warrior that the 'u' is silent in 'suke', making it 'skay', as is Shunsuke ('Shoon-skay') Nagasaki. But there is Alex doing the 'ookay whokay' thing we English speakers do and saying 'Ta-da-soo-kay McKeeno' instead of 'Ta-daskay Maki-no'. Gonna wear out Squirrel Nitpick again.

Drivers

1. Lando Norris (Carlin) 39
2. Artem Markelov (Russian Time) 30
3. Sergio Sette Camara (Carlin) 28
4. Maximilian Gunther (Arden International) 16
5. Nyck de Vries (Prema Racing) 16

Teams

1. Carlin 67
2. Russian Time 30
3. Prema Racing 22
4. Arden International 17

Formula E

Two races in which Rosenqvist has ground to a halt whilst leading have almost killed off his title charge. Vergne got away with a lucky haul of points as a result, after he struggled while his team mate had the better time in the Techeetah team in Rome.

Still can't believe they got visited by the Pope! What an endorsement!

Bird was a hard worker at the end there, and took that win with a similar level of grit to the first race in Hong Kong. Good job. Di Grassi has put on quite the spurt since finally scoring some points, and that led to the breathtaking sight of three cars wheel to wheel for the race win at one point. Whoa. Gutting for Mitch Evans though, as he fought so hard for a podium only for it to be for virtually nothing as he pushed too much, using up his battery and freefalling to ninth as a result. Heartbreaker.

Moment of the race though was a two car crash suddenly becoming a four car one as the other two came up to the hairpin blind, and then bam!

Poor Renault look like suffering a muted home race this time, being so far off the pace as Gen1 draws to a close. What a shame.

Drivers

1. Jean Eric Vergne (Techeetah) 119
2. Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing) 101
3. Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) 82
4. Sebastien Buemi ([sign in to see URL] Renault) 60

Teams

1. Techeetah 152
2. DS Virgin Racing 118
3. Mahindra Racing 103
4. Audi Sport Abt 89

Manufacturers

1. Renault 219
2. Citroen 118
3. Mahindra 103
4. Audi 89

F1

Interesting that the halo can now have mirrors put on it, although they need to make sure that doesn't go overboard quickly. We don't need the mirrors stopping people getting drivers out of the cars, so the FIA are keeping an eye on it.

Showing quite some pace again after the mayhem of China, I'll go for Ricciardo. Hunt, hunt, hunt, he's the Huntsman!

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Formula E

Well, that could have been JEV's bid for the trophy. Four races left, one race ahead. Lotterer did his best to wreck opponents with his attack and defence, but in the end it was when he had already been forced to give up that the big smash happened., when he made the same mistake Evans did in Italy and pushed too much in the closing laps. Using Bird as a brake really seemed to piss him off. Di Grassi makes it three seconds in a row while Buemi falls further behind, but it's not as if he's not trying. Prost's rear wing loss and repair in the pits raises a question of how that situation will play out in Gen2 with the 'double wings' set up. Would losing one of those but not the other warrant a black and orange flag? Hmm...

It's pretty much a two way fight now in the drivers and constructors. Techeetah v. DS Virgin, Vergne v. Bird, with Rosenqvist and Mahindra playing spoiler. Both teams going for gold for the first time. What a way for the bubble to burst for Renault and Audi as Gen1 ends. As thoughts turn to Season 5, it's time to speculate the speculators on driver line ups. Is there any room at the inn for Felipe Massa, who has long made it known he wants to join the series? Will one of the new entries take him on? He'll have to wait until Season 6 if either Porsche or Mercedes are interested. With Brazil joining the calendar next year, he'd prefer one of the existing teams, I'd expect. And so would our house, to be honest.

Drivers

1. Jean Eric Vergne (Techeetah) 147
2. Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing) 116
3. Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) 86
4. Sebastien Buemi ([sign in to see URL] Renault) 70

Constructors

1. Techeetah 188
2. DS Virgin Racing 133
3. Audi Sport Abt 114
4. Mahindra Racing 107

Manufacturers

1. Renault 265
2. Citroen 133
3. Audi 114
4. Mahindra 107

F2

What is going on with so many drivers stalling early on? Is it really just new technology bedding in? There seem to be rather too many doing that. Russell just made his bid for the title with his aggression in both races, only undone by a trigger happy De Vries. Albon deserved the win on Saturday himself, though, to be fair. Markelov had Dark Mini at his engines, and gutting for Sette Camara as another race in which he shows his growing skills is thrown away by running out of fuel. Norris is lucky to still be in the lead of the championship to be honest. Four races, four winners. As we head into the traditional racing summer, who will emerge as the top guys? Exciting...

Drivers

1. Lando Norris (Carlin) 55
2. Alexander Albon (Dams) 41
3. Sergio Sette Camara (Carlin) 40
4. Artem Markelov (Russian Time) 30

Teams

1. Carlin 95
2. Dams 61
3. ART Grand Prix 47
4. Prema Racing 35

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Gahhh. So annoyed. First Seb was robbed, then Bottas. Gutted for Valtteri there. So unfair! Hamilton and Mercedes got their payback due from Melbourne, as Vettel and Ferrari saw their chances dashed by a safety car when they were dominating, in much the same fashion. Interesting to see people declaring that the Ferrari is the fastest car after Vettel's dominance of two thirds of the race. Like I pointed out before, Mercedes could recover big time after winning race four just as Ferrari did in '03. And as I stupidly didn't mention, Red Bull did the same in '12. Thanks for showing me up there, BBC.

Red Bull have now seen a crash between two guys desparate to be the standard bearer for the next decade just as they did eight years previously in Turkey. And then as now, the younger one is getting protection from the management in the immediate aftermath. I went against my loyalties and blamed Vettel then, but no such worries this time. Like Niki Lauda that was "70% Verstappen". He only got away with it, as the stewards admitted, because Ricciardo was too dumb to quit as well, with Verstappen getting a once in a blue moon overcut angering him and clouding his judgement. A refusal to give up the distance gained in slipstream and diving to the inside by the first guy + Moving twice under braking by the other guy = Splat! MiniDrivers' call on the whole thing was a bit naughty. Not the dirtiest joke Adaco has ever done, though, that title goes to a panel in the Christmas comic he did one year. Still can't believe he did that. I'll leave it there.

Pass the hankies for Leclerc. Sixth place, for goodness' sake. At the rate he's going, he'll add a first F1 win in Baku to the win he got there in F2 last year. Cette est pour Jules et pour Papa...

Hamilton is a bare faced liar. "I'm wired differently" and I don't celebrate inherited victories... BULL HITS! Loads of times Nico Rosberg was robbed during the feud years, and you and your fans basically laughed in his face, Lewis. Mechanical problems not of his making were held up as somehow reflecting superiority, yet as soon as they happen to Hamilton, it was suddenly a grand conspiracy, or a desire to 'let the other guy have a go at winning'. Heaven forbid it could just be bad luck for either Mercedes. And let's not forget Nico inheriting victory in similar fashion in Monaco '15. Did the British fans and media call that an extraordinary piece of luck, or as I called it at the time, a strategy miscalculation similar to what we saw in Australia this year? No! They screamed 'Conspiracy!' and 'Cheater!' like the entitled hypocrites they are. Gaahh! Even when's he's trying to be nice he manages to piss me off.

Anyway, Spain next. Summer's here, and so is GP3 and PSC. And a delirious Alonso fanbase, I expect, after his winning WEC debut. Crash down to Earth with a bump imminent...

Drivers

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 70
2. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) 66
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 48
4. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) 40

Constructors

1. Ferrari 114
2. Mercedes 110
3. Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer 55
4. McLaren Renault 36

Manufacturers

1. Ferrari 135
2. Mercedes 130
3. Renault 126
4. Honda 13

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Well, that Ferrari looks 'different', doesn't it? Williams' skip on wheels is an "embarrassment" for Kubica to drive, showing just why it was right not to give him a race seat. That car would make a mockery out of him. Mercedes bounce back big time, I go for Bottas.
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Not a pretty season start for Finns in GP3... emoticon

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