2016 Bahrain Grand Prix: All posts, one place

© Getty Images

Nico Rosberg continued his impressive streak of form under the lights in Bahrain on Sunday by recording his fifth consecutive victory, going 2-0 for the season so far.

Rosberg’s race was all but won after the first corner when teammate Lewis Hamilton made a poor start and was then hit by Valtteri Bottas, leaving him down in ninth with damage.

Although the defending world champion was able to fight his way back to third at the checkered flag, he now trails Rosberg by 17 points in the drivers’ championship after just two rounds.

After what proved to be an eventful weekend both on and off track, here is a full recap of our coverage from Bahrain.


Fernando Alonso ruled out of Bahrain GP on medical grounds
F1 Preview: 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix
Alonso confirms rib fracture, unsure he’ll be fit for Chinese GP
Hamilton doubts proposed F1 car changes will improve racing
Grosjean: Haas F1 car ‘one of the best I have ever driven’
Webber surprised elimination F1 qualifying got second chance
Rosberg anticipating ‘big battle’ with Ferrari in Bahrain
F1 Paddock Pass: 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix (VIDEO)
Magnussen: Points possible for Renault in Bahrain
MotorSportsTalk’s Predictions: 2016 Bahrain GP
Stewart: Halo the ‘correct step’ for Formula 1


Rosberg leads Hamilton in opening Bahrain GP practice
Vettel: F1 should listen to demand over qualifying format
Max Verstappen sorry for Australia radio outburst
F1 drivers united behind GPDA letter calling for change
Rosberg fastest again in second Bahrain GP practice
Ecclestone confirms talks over Las Vegas F1 race
Rosberg hopes to emulate Leicester City in F1 this year
Kevin Magnussen to start Bahrain GP from pit lane


Vandoorne thankful for Alonso’s advice ahead of F1 debut
Vettel leads Ferrari one-two in final Bahrain GP practice
Force India deputy says no fear over F1 team’s future
F1’s unpopular qualifying format to be reviewed Sunday
Hamilton rallies from Q3 error to take Bahrain GP pole
Hamilton: Fastest ever Bahrain lap ‘incredible’ after struggles
Rosberg ‘was sure’ he’d be on pole, tips cap to Hamilton
Vettel feeling strong in Bahrain, hopes to match Australia start
Grosjean: Ninth the ‘perfect position’ to start in Bahrain
Hamilton reprimanded, keeps pole after reversing in Bahrain pit lane
Alonso hits back at Herbert’s call for him to retire
Wolff: No change in opinion of elimination F1 qualifying


F1 chiefs fail to agree on qualifying change, set next meeting for Thursday
Dennis: McLaren, not FIA, should have made call on Alonso’s Bahrain participation
What to watch for: Bahrain Grand Prix (NBCSN, Live Extra from 10:30am ET)
Rosberg controls Bahrain GP to claim fifth straight F1 victory
Haas goes one better in Bahrain as Grosjean finishes fifth
Damage from Bottas clash limits Hamilton to P3 in Bahrain
Vettel’s Bahrain GP ends before it starts with engine failure (VIDEO)
Vandoorne: Getting a point in Bahrain ‘a bonus’ on F1 debut
Williams starts strong, but struggles home 8th, 9th in Bahrain
Ricciardo satisfied with ‘lonely’ fourth in Bahrain after early clash
Raikkonen: Second in Bahrain ‘pretty OK’ for Ferrari
F1 Paddock Pass: 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix post-race (VIDEO)


Rosberg revels in ‘almost perfect’ Bahrain GP weekend
Gutierrez sidelined by brake disc issue in Bahrain
Smith: Hamilton may be chilled, but should worry about Rosberg’s run
Engine problems threaten Ferrari challenge to Mercedes
Azerbaijan says separatist clashes no threat to Formula One
Grosjean doubles up as F1’s Driver of the Day in Bahrain

Hunter Lawrence defends Haiden Deegan after controversial block pass at Detroit


Media and fan attention focused on a controversial run-in between Haiden Deegan and his Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing teammate Jordon Smith during Round 10 of the Monster Energy Supercross race at Detroit, after which the 250 East points’ Hunter Lawrence defends the young rider in the postrace news conference.

Deegan took the early lead in Heat 1 of the round, but the mood swiftly changed when he became embroiled in a spirited battle with teammate Smith.

On Lap 3, Smith caught Deegan with a fast pass through the whoops. Smith briefly held the lead heading into a bowl turn but Deegan had the inside line and threw a block pass. In the next few turns, the action heated up until Smith eventually ran into the back of Deegan’s Yamaha and crashed.

One of the highlights of the battle seemed to include a moment when Deegan waited on Smith in order to throw a second block pass, adding fuel to the controversy.

After his initial crash, Smith fell to seventh on the next lap. He would crash twice more during the event, ultimately finishing four laps off the pace in 20th.

The topic was inevitably part of the postrace news conference.

“It was good racing; it was fun,” Deegan said at about the 27-minute mark in the video above. “I just had some fun doing it.”

Smith had more trouble in the Last Chance Qualifier. He stalled his bike in heavy traffic, worked his way into a battle for fourth with the checkers in sight, but crashed a few yards shy of the finish line and was credited with seventh. Smith earned zero points and fell to sixth in the standings.

Lawrence defends Deegan
Jordon Smith failed to make the Detroit Supercross Main and fell to sixth in the points. – Feld Motor Sports

“I think he’s like fifth in points,” Deegan said. “He’s a little out of it. Beside that it was good, I don’t know. I wasn’t really paying attention.”

Deegan jokingly deflected an earlier question with the response that he wasn’t paying attention during the incident.

“He’s my teammate, but he’s a veteran, he’s been in this sport for a while,” Deegan said. “I was up there just battling. I want to win as much as everybody else. It doesn’t matter if it’s a heat race or a main; I just want to win. I was just trying to push that.”

As Deegan and Smith battled, Jeremy Martin took the lead. Deegan finished second in the heat and backed up his performance with a solid third-place showing in the main, which was his second podium finish in a short six-race career. Deegan’s first podium was earned at Daytona, just two rounds ago.

But as Deegan struggled to find something meaningful to say, unsurprisingly for a 17-year-old rider who was not scheduled to run the full 250 schedule this year, it was the championship leader Lawrence who came to his defense.

Lawrence defends Deegan
A block pass by Haiden Deegan led to a series of events that eventually led to Jordon Smith failing to make the Main. – Feld Motor Sports

“I just want to point something out, which kind of amazes me,” Lawrence said during the conference. “So many of the people on social media, where everyone puts their expertise in, are saying the racing back in the ’80s, the early 90s, when me were men. They’re always talking about how gnarly it was and then anytime a block pass or something happens now, everyone cries about it.

“That’s just a little bit interesting. Pick one. You want the gnarly block passes from 10 years ago and then you get it, everyone makes a big song and dance about it.”

Pressed further, Lawrence defended not only the pass but the decision-making process that gets employed lap after lap in a Supercross race.

“It’s easy to point the finger,” Lawrence said. “We’re out there making decisions in a split millisecond. People have all month to pay their phone bill and they still can’t do that on time.

“We’re making decisions at such a fast reaction [time with] adrenaline. … I’m not just saying it for me or Haiden. I speak for all the guys. No one is perfect and we’re under a microscope out there. The media is really quick to point a finger when someone makes a mistake.”

The media is required to hold athletes accountable for their actions. They are also required to tell the complete story.