GPI 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix - Page 170

BAHRAIN REVIEW BY BEN STEVENS Whatever the aero changes to their wing and floor have been, the fact remains they’re further adrift than at either of the previous two races. Maybe their excellent long-run pace will make the difference in the race, but Saturday remains the domain of the Silver Arrows for the time being. After making massive gains on the 2016 pole time in China, Bahrain’s was only seven- tenths off its predecessor, which can’t be ideal. It seems that with the added width 2017’s cars have struggled to “punch through” the air- resistance Bahrain offers. Renault deserve plenty of plaudits for getting two cars through to Q3 for the first time this season. At some point, they’re going to be expected to start performing like the high-budgeted factory team they are, and to that end this was a good step in the right direction. Team radio is used for a lot of things, namely instructions, complaints and questions – but now we can add off-key renditions of “Happy Birthday” to that list thanks to Romain Grosjean. I wonder what McLaren has used more of: power unit components, or Fernando Alonso’s patience? Apparently those few extra weeks in the gym doing kegels (at least, that’s what I’m assuming he was doing) have paid off for Pascal Wehrlein, getting P13 in the Sauber. With an engine that will only get more dated, they need to seize every small opening they get.