“Don’t tell me what the gaps are anymore.”
That’s Nico Rosberg on the radio in Bahrain today’s F1 race from the desert, telling his Mercedes AMG team to stop him from thinking about a hard-charging, inspired Kimi Raikkonen in the re-energized Ferrari. Raikkonen was taking chunks out of Rosberg’s place, as well as his confidence. I had a strong feeling that could lead to trouble for Rosberg in the closing stages of the Grand Prix. And it truly looked as though it was a Rosberg mistake that caused the Mercedes to miss the turn one apex with the last lap coming, but in turns out it was brake-by-wire issues that were hampering both Mercedes cars in the final laps.
Nevertheless, Raikkonen’s second place finish could have potentially been a win if Hamilton would have succumbed to the same type of brake issues. This is telling for the tremendous work Ferrari have done to give Kimi and Vettel true challengers for each Grand Prix. But the best part of the entire weekend, for me, is seeing a shot of Kimi looking completely overwhelmed by the passionate Maurizio Arrivabene, who bear hugs the always quiet and seemingly emotionless Finn who seems as happy to get his clothes dry cleaned as he is to get a hard-earned second place in today’s Grand Prix.
Credit to @f1elvis for this shot. Pic of the day for me! Damn, I bet he’s getting squeezed and wondering what the hell is happening to him.