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GP Week : Issue 219
18 GPWEEK.com // 18 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> BAHRAIN PARTNERS: testing and the openging race back in Australia. Daniil Kvyat recovered as well as could be expected from a lowly grid position. Ninth at the flag, pipping Massa in the final laps, was all that was really on offer at the start of the race, particularly in a car scarcely faster than those he was racing. Pastor Maldonado saw the finish for the first time this season though missed out on what should have been a points paying result when his final stop proved rather longer than planned.The Lotus driver had moved through the field well, despite a five-second penalty after starting in the wrong spot, using the pace inherint in the car. His hard work was undone though when a problem with the car's anti-stall delayed him as he stopped for fresh Pirelli's midway through the race. From eighth to 15th he dropped and was never in contention from then on. The midfield proved to be the mixed bag many had expected, perhaps with the exception of Daniel Ricciardo clearly heading it. With Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams already well established in their respective positions at the front of the pack the midfield pack has been more difficult to predict. It's emerging that Red Bull is next strongest but thereafter it remains anyone's guess. Sauber had shown good pace but neither car finished in the points in Bahrain while Lotus managed seventh with Romain Grosjean after struggling in the opening races. Force India too was in the hunt with Nico Hulkenberg qualifying inside the top ten, though faded to 13th in the race, while teammate Sergio Perez showed the car is faster than it appeared in China with a solid eighth place finish. The fly in the ointment will be the ever improving McLaren. With the leading three teams clear, and Red Bull looking increasingly comfortable as next best, there are only two or perhaps three points paying positions left for eight cars. It's a fact reflected in the constructors championship as there is a significant gap to Williams in third with fourth to eighth all within touching distance. It's likely to remain that wall all season too as, with so few points left to squabble over, there are no large gains to be made by one team or another unless something extraordinary happens. That of course works on the assumption that teams maximise their chances. Red Bull has shown that is no simple task and despite its car pace will likely start down the order as it incurs engine penalties. The Renault remains a significant problem, Ricciardo's engine billowing smoke as he crossed the line, it having expired just metres earlier. Grid penalties mean racing through the pack, and with overtaking more difficult this season and a well-matched midfield the battle for the final points paying positions is more ferocious than ever. Capitalising on the misfortune of others is just as important as making the most of one's own performance.