When your competition says the gap is huge and they are aggressively trying to catch up to you then you know you are doing things right. As if being first place in the standings and winning the first three races of the year was not proof enough. Mercedes is way out in front in the standings but obviously this is very early.
At the Bahrain GP Lewis Hamilton took the victory followed by Nico Rosberg. Rosberg is 11 points ahead of Hamilton for first place in the standings. It will be interesting to see how the team treats the two as they both compete for the championship. Hopefully they are both able to battle with each other as well (as they did in this race) so that a championship does not come down to politics.
Regarding the quality of the racing itself the Grand Prix was exciting. Rosberg and Hamilton started from the front of the grid and both went back and forth from the beginning. They both were essentially told to cool it off towards the end but seeing them go head to head bodes well for the competitive aspect from the team. Rosberg stated it was the best battle of his career and Hamilton said it was the hardest race he had ever won.
What about everyone else? Clearly Mercedes is on another level right now with everyone else chasing them. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso managed a respectable fourth place finish. Red Bull Racing finished in 6th and 10th with Sebastian Vettel ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo. McLaren picked up 5th and 7th place finishes. The full standings are below.
Things are looking great for Mercedes heading into the fourth race of the year in China taking place next weekend. Will Mercedes keep up this pace? Will the other teams catch them? It is going to be interesting to watch and the 2014 season is not disappointing.