So Mercedes look to have pulled a great ruse with their performance in Australia, Bottas looks like a new man who dominated (admittedly exaggerated by LH's floor damage) and Ferrari both looked bemused by both their Quali and Race pace and have made Vettel the clear number one by stopping LeClerc's charge late in the race.
However as we have learnt over the years (or for some of us decades) Albert Park often gives a false picture of both the competitive picture and overtaking potential so will Bahrain show a similar picture?
My thoughts are that Ferrari will make a big step as it is clear they failed to optimise their set up from day 1 in Melbourne and combined with Sakhir being a much more conventional downforce circuit. They will be at least on par with Merc if not marginally ahead but not the big margin seen in Barca pre season. I feel the jury is still out on Bottas he had a great race probably his best in F1 but Lewis' damage makes it look much more dominant than it really was and before we can consider him a realistic WDC contender we need to see if he has improved his consistency. RB Honda looked good and I feel Verstappen will contend more strongly on pace than he did last year especially as Newey has as per always produced the strongest Chassis, however while it is clear Honda have made good progress I still believe they will have enough reliability issues (2 or 3 failures will probably be enough) to stop Max contending for the WDC even if he can Win races.
Edited by thequadge, 18 March 2019 - 16:29.