In The Driver's Seat

In The Driver's Seat: Red alert as Mercedes must ponder strategy

How much did Sebastian Vettel's second victory of 2018 owe to improvements Ferrari made to the set-up, and how much to the fact that Mercedes weren't quite at the same level as they were in Australia?

Neither team had an accurate answer to that little conundrum after a nail-biting Bahrain Grand Prix in which Ferrari's gamble on getting to the finish with a single pit stop on soft-compound Pirelli tyres that were well past their sell-by date paid off handsomely, even though the medium-shod Mercedes were thirsting after the red car at the end of the 57-lap race.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 10, 2018, with the headline 'Red alert as Mercedes must ponder strategy'. Print Edition | Subscribe