COLD SHOULDER: Mercedes' Nico Rosberg (left) and Lewis Hamilton continue to be at odds both on and off the track. Image: AFP / Manan Vatsyayana
SHANGHAI, China - Bahrain GP organisers will be rubbing their hands in delight at the prospect of Mercedes team mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg renewing battle at the desert circuit on Sunday (April 19).
The pair served up a thriller under the Sakhir floodlights in 2014 and now, after each accused the other ofdriving too slowly in China on April 12, they have even more of a score to settle.
The 2015 Formula 1 season in brief, ahead of Sunday's (April 19) Bahrain Grand Prix: • Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton leads the drivers' standings after winning the season-opener in Australia, coming second in Malaysia and winning again in China
- Sebastian Vettel is second, just three points behind, after stunning dominant Mercedes to claim his first win for Ferrari in Malaysia
- Ferrari gave gave Mercedes a scare when Vettel won in Malaysia but another superlative one-two in China shows the Silver Arrows are a shoo-in for the drivers' and constructors' championships after only three races
- Nico Rosberg has the look of a champion when things are going his way, but it's a very different matter when he finds himself behind Mercedes team mate Hamilton. In China, he snapped at mechanics when Hamilton pipped him for pole and then he accused the Briton of deliberately driving slowly and jeopardising Mercedes' one-two finish
- Max Verstappen, 17, confounded sceptics as he became F1's youngest driver in Australia - and then the youngest points-scorer by finishing seventh in Malaysia
- Once-mighty McLaren are still waiting for its first point of the season after three races with ex-champions Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button both failing to finish in Malaysia and trailing in 12th and 13th in China.
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