After the race, Rosberg said that Hamilton, "would not break him" but the German needs to be more ruthless on the track if he is going to regain the advantage in the championship battle. Hamilton now leads his teammate by three points after his 4th straight win, and Mercedes are well clear in the Constructers' championship. It is going to take a lot for anyone to catch them as things stand.
I was once again impressed with the performance of Valtteri Bottas in the vastly improved Williams. He battled with Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull, and showed good pace on track. For me he is definitely one to watch for the rest of the season and who knows, it could be between him and the Red Bull's for ‘best of the rest’ come the end of the championship.
It was also a good showing for the Force India cars of Nico Hulkenburg and Sergio Perez. A double points finish for the team represented a good race weekend with 8th and 10th place finishes, making them also ones to watch as the season progresses.
Also announced after the race was that Mercedes are to trial a new ‘Megaphone’ exhaust on their cars in the Barcelona mid-season test this week. Following heavy criticism from fans that the new V6 turbo hybrid engines do not sound as good as the screaming V8s from last season, this exhaust has been designed to try and combat that problem.
I for one will be very interested to see how this works out, as I am not a fan of the noise the new cars make (I'm sure I’ve probably mentioned that once or twice at some point in my previous blogs!) The lack of noise from the new cars has led to fans and experts saying that the sport has lost some of its appeal, which again, I sadly have to agree with.
As thrilled as I am for the new Mercedes' exhaust, and the results it will yield, I am still excited about the rest of this year's championship. The rivalry between Hamilton and Rosberg is intensifying with every race, and with every victory that Hamilton keeps claiming, Rosberg will continue to get more frustrated. He needs to up the ante in the next race in the principality of Monaco in order to stop the rot!