No one got it more right than Formula One legend Niki Lauda in the post-Bahrain press conferences and interviews when he said, "Anyone who still thinks Formula One is boring after that is an idiot."
The excitement started right off the bat with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg battling for first immediately after the green flag. Then came enjoyable news on lap 14 for those with a dislike for Sebastian Vettel, as the current world champion’s DRS stopped working. Because of this, Red Bull Racing told Vettel to let faster teammate Daniel Ricciardo by and not hold Ricciardo back. On lap 17, Sauber’s Adrian Sutil became the first retirement of the race after a collision with another driver. The second retirement came one lap later, when Toro Rosso driver Jean-Eric Vergne quietly retired from the race. Caterham’s rookie, Marcus Ericsson, eventually retired early from the race as well when he stopped on track on lap 33. And then there was…the big one. On lap 39, Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado got into the Sauber of Esteban Gutierrez, causing Gutierrez to flip. Thankfully, Gutierrez climbed out of the car unharmed. Maldonado received a ten second stop and go penalty during the race and will have a 5 grid spot penalty waiting for him in China. The last retirement of the day came on lap 40, when Kevin Magnussen slowed on track. After an exciting race filled with amazing battles on track, Lewis Hamilton took the win for the second time in a row with Nico Rosberg in second and Sergio Perez of Force India in third. This was Force India’s first podium since Spa 2009.