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Once again Bahrain has lived up to its reputation for turning on a great race. The action started before the lights went out, with Alonso not fit to race so Stoffel van Doorne started his first F1 race in the McLaren, a retirement for Vettel (engine failure) and Jolyon Palmer (hydraulic leak) quickly followed by an F1 version of a crash-me-up derby with loose bodywork impacting quite a few cars after turn 1. Interestingly another rubbish start for Hamilton but a ripper for Van Doorne in his debut.

Pre-race, all the chat was around the disastrous quali system which delivered a rubbish event again on Saturday. Team bosses met for 90mins and seemingly nothing has been resolved, although it seems Bernie has come up with an aggregate quali system as the alternative to current and reverting to 2015 system was not an option. Seriously folks, keep this up and you might find no one bothers to watch or go to the track on Saturday!

Really enjoyed the battles through the field, it was such a shame Vettel wasn't there to even the odds for Ferrari against Mercedes. But for the rest of the field, Haas are a real competitor this season, and McLaren and Manor potentially serious midfield runners this year with reasonable engines and great drivers. I have a feeling this season is going to be much more entertaining than last year!

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2019 Calendar

RaceGrand PrixRace Day
1AustraliaSunday 17 March
2BahrainSunday 31 March
3ChinaSunday 14 April
4AzerbaijanSunday 28 April
5SpainSunday 12 May
6MonacoSunday 26 May
7CanadaSunday 9 June
8FranceSunday 23 June
9AustriaSunday 30 June
10Great BritainSunday 14 July
11GermanySunday 28 July
12HungarySunday 4 August
13BelgiumSunday 1 September
14ItalySunday 1 September
15SingaporeSunday 22 September
16RussiaSunday 29 September
17JapanSunday 13 October
18MexicoSunday 27 October
19United StatesSunday 3 November
20BrazilSunday 17 November
21Abu DhabiSunday 1 December

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3Verstappen15
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5Leclerc10
6Magnussen8
7Hulkenberg6
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9Stroll2
10Kvyat1
11Albon0
12Gasly0
13Giovinazzi0
14Grosjean0
15Kubica0
16Norris0
17Perez0
18Ricciardo0
19Russell0
20Sainz0

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