The Gurgler’s Red Five Things We’re Looking Forward to for the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix

The F1 circus moves to Bahrain for the second round of the Championship, and we have a few thoughts on what we're looking forward to. As ever we'll be using the Mansell Red Five Index. It will probably be as boring as the race itself.

1 – THE FALLOUT FROM QUALIFYING ROUND 2

Given the universal slamming of qualifying, the decision to abandon it the next was welcome. Then it was reinstated as is, as two selfish teams couldn’t agree to make the great compromise of open slather Q3 after keeping Q1 and Q2 at 90 seconds cut offs. Typically shite decision making from powers that be, and one can have no faith in what will happen if this Saturday’s Q3 stinks as bad as Australia. Just keep Bernie away from it. We’ve already had a say on this that even Fox Sports liked, so why not read our story that got The Gurgler into the bright lights of Fox Sports.

 

2 – A GENUINE SHOW OF PACE FROM THE LEADING TEAMS

The Red Flag in Australia cost us the chance to see the outright speed of the cars with strategies being thrown out the window, so with walls a kilometre away, and boring efficiency of the cars in Bahrain not breaking down, there’s little chance of a Red Flag or even a safety car. Hopefully it will show Ferrari has caught up massively and Red Bull aren’t too far away. Or perhaps Australia delayed the inevitable that it will be a season with a silver lining again.

 

3 – THE FALLOUT IF MAX VERSTAPPEN DROPS BACK IN THE RACE

Max Verstappen is fast and has been impressive thus far in F1, and he’s young. So there was some entertainment in Australia to see how worked up he got during the race. But he’ll be back at the front soon and gunning for the Ferrari seat next year, and still has a long way to go to be the biggest young jerk in sport. A few Australian Tennis Players own that title.

 

4 – HAAS REPEAT FEAT

After Haas’ impressive point scoring debut in Australia, eyes will be on them again to see if they can do it again. It’s always got to see a new team going well, it encourages others to think about joining too. A few complain about the amount of Ferrari influence, but they still have to get it done, something very few new teams have managed. The sixth place in their first race compared to the last team to do so – Toyota – is more impressive as the Toyota that day beat just a Jaguar and a Minardi home. The follow up is just as important, as Toyota only went onto score one more point in their first season (points only to sixth in those days), but they would have scored another 7 times in the current top 10 format.

 

5 – THE FALLOUT IF ROSBERG BEATS HAMILTON

If Rosberg continues to have the upper hand in 2016 that he ended with in 2015 and Australia 2016, it will be interesting to watch how Lewis Hamilton reacts. He might have to put his music career on hold for a while.

 

SOME OF OUR FINEST TIPS AND SELECTIONS

There’s still a little bit of value as no one is still quite sure who has the real pace. So bet early and bet often.

TOP 6 – The Hulk @ $3.00

WIN – Rosberg @ $2.80

TOP 10 – Stoffel Vandoorne @ $TBC

FASTEST LAP – Max Verstappen @ $51

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Max has no time for long bios, he has only time for sport and then more sport. Each week he tries to sum up what sport has tickled the collective fancy of The Gurgler.