Rosberg cruises to Bahrain victory after first corner squeeze


After beating Lewis Hamilton to the first corner in Bahrain, Rosberg again showed the value of leading from the front when Bottas and Hamilton got tangled up at Turn 1. 

Bottas commented: 

"I committed to brake late into Turn 1, I saw a gap on the inside 50 metres before the corner and I thought 'OK, that's going to be my spot' but I think Lewis didn't expect me to come on the inside, so we touched.

"It's a shame because it cost us a lot today, but even after that the pace was not great. Of course my front wing was damaged and it wasn't changed -- we still need to see why -- but the pace was not great and we were just going backwards."

The stewards handed Bottas a penalty which ruined his hopes of a podium, although Toto Wolff said the incident was 80/20 his fault. His claim that the damage to Hamilton's car cost him a second per lap though is ludicrous, as Kimi was keeping Rosberg honest at the front meaning Hamilton would have then won by almost 40 seconds.

Hamilton's line was pretty wild, trying to cutback behind Rosberg and although he had track position, probably picked the wrong point of the race to take such an unusual line.  If Hamilton hadn't fallen back to seventh it might have been declared a racing incident - but some days you're the statue.

Mercedes have already scouted a clutch specialist to help them get on top of their issues off the start line, which has already proved costly after only two races. 

Source: ESPN