We look set to enjoy a similar fight at this year’s race after the fire was reignited between the two Mercedes drivers when Rosberg accused Hamilton of going deliberately slow en route to victory at last weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Both drivers will be keen to do their talking on track in Bahrain, and will want to start the race weekend in the best possible fashion during the first free practice session on Friday.
Besides the battle between Hamilton and Rosberg, Ferrari will also be looking to bring itself into the fight for the race win this weekend. The warmer conditions in Bahrain should suit the Italian marque just as they did in Malaysia.
Sebastian Vettel is riding high after scoring one win and two further podium finishes in the first three races of the 2015 season, and with teammate Kimi Raikkonen also feeling more comfortable this year, the Ferrari duo could be a force to be reckoned with this weekend.
FP1 will see Jolyon Palmer get his second free practice run-out of the season for Lotus after making a good impression in China last weekend. Otherwise, the field is unchanged for the first session in Bahrain.
“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.
“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”
Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something
we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”