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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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