It might not have delivered the spectacle of 2014, but the Bahrain Grand Prix had something for everyone, with spectacular overtakes (Hamilton's triple overtake being one of the highlights), underdog performances, and a scrappy battle for the lead that went right to the wire.
- Pierre Gasly... I mean, is this even a question? The frenchman totally bossed it during qualifying to put in "the lap of his life", lined up alongside the front-runners, held his own during the race and finished with Toro Rosso's equal highest result ever, the best result for Red Bull from the race, and even found time to throw shade at Fernando Alonso!
- Sebastian Vettel is right up there if Gasly isn't your cup of tea. By his own admission his tyres were "dead" for the last 10 laps and he held off the attack from Bottas like the true champion talent he is. If Bahrain is anything to go by, though, Vettel might win the championship despite Ferrari's strategy calls, rather than because of it.
- Marcus (Sony) Ericsson ended a run of pointless (hehe) drives that runs back to 2015. His effort leaves only Williams without any points in the constructors' championship after only two rounds. Never mind that for his entire career he still has more penalty points than championship points, it's party time for the Swede, Bahrain style (i.e. let the rose water flow!).
(Honorable mention for the Ferrari mechanic.)
- Max Verstappen made a questionable defending move on Lewis Hamilton in the opening laps that back-fired massively. Left with a puncture and destroyed differential, he took himself out of contention, and added to his run of cold form in 2018.
- The Hamilton/Verstappen spat gained attention when a question during the post-race interviews sent Vettel (yeah, Vettel) into a tizzy, defending the drivers' right to react like a human being and show emotion. Leaving the racing incident aside, it's only fair for a journalist to ask a driver about an incident that affected their race, having said that we need to ensure we don't sanitise the sport too much.
- F1's gender pay gap, figures showing that women working in F1 earn between 17 and 27 per cent less than men across Red Bull, McLaren and Mercedes. Despite Claire Williams' protestation that "what counts is that women and men earn the same pay for the same job", it's also clear that there aren't enough women across the board, and especially in senior positions, throughout the paddock.