Sakhir, Bahrain -
Needless to say, the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix was far from boring. The first night race of the season brought surprise even before the race began when Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari experienced engine failure on the line-up lap. The start was filled with several drivers overtaking the likes of race-favorites, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, not the least of which was Valterri Bottas, who greeted Hamilton at the apex of the turn, ramming Hamilton's right side. Both went on, and Bottas was handed a drive-through penalty for the instigation.
Residuals of several other encounters sent pieces of carbon fiber flying everywhere well into the 12th lap of the race. Haas driver, Romain Gosjean, overtook Williams' Felipe Massa early, and continued to display a performance that can only be described as impressive for a team that's only two races into their F1 history. Grosjean finished 1 place better this round with a P5 completion. His teammate, Esteban Gutierrez, on the other hand, didn't have such luck. Sadly, for the second straight race, the young Mexican driver experienced technical difficulty which resulted in a DNF.
A major congratulations goes to Stoffel Vandoorne, who filled in for the injured Fernando Alonso, making his F1 debut and finsihing with a point-acquiring 10th place for McLaren Honda. Vandoorne, the 24-year-old Belgian, was last year's GP2 Championship winner, however, it's not likely he will start for Alonso in China.
In the end, it was Rosberg who came out on top, followed by the Kimi Raikkonen and a dented Lewis Hamilton. The season is off to one of the more exciting starts in recent memory.