Lewis Hamilton: “It was great to kick-start my season with a win in Malaysia. Taking a one-two was also a fantastic result for the team and I can’t wait to see what we can do in Bahrain. I’ve finished on the podium here a couple of times here but, for one reason or another, I’ve never managed to get the win. Until last week it was the same story for me with Malaysia, so fingers crossed this can be the year of breaking those cycles!
Malaysia was a really busy event for the team and we have a test coming up straight after this weekend’s race, so it would be great to give the crew another good result to head home with after a long road trip. We know it’s going to be tough to maintain our current form, particularly at a circuit where every team has had so much running time over the winter, but I’ll be pushing hard to keep those results coming.”
Currently situated at the top of the Drivers' Championship, in front of Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg is obviously pretty hyped up about his progress so far, but there are still 17 races left from the 2014 season and anything can happen.
Nico Rosberg: “The first two races have been a great start to my season and I’m already looking forward to being back in the car and carrying on that momentum in Bahrain. It’s a great track and I really enjoy driving it. I’ve never had much luck on race weekends here, but it’s definitely the one I’m best prepared for this year. I came to Bahrain for the Pirelli tyre test back in December and during winter testing a few weeks ago.
Of course, it’s the same situation for most teams and drivers so we could see some close battles throughout the weekend. We may be leading both Championships at the moment but our rivals are breathing down our necks, so we need to stay focused and keep doing our job calmly and professionally.”
With all Formula 1 teams having run on the Sakhir circuit with the new hybrid powertrains during winter testing, Mercedes-AMG Executive Director Paddy Lowe sees Bahrain as a benchmark in terms of competitiveness in this early parts of the 2014 season. In other words, unless there aren't any reliability-related surprises, the Germans are once again clear favorites this weekend.