F1i's Driver Ratings for the 2019 Bahrain GP

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Ferrari SF90 leads team mate Charles Leclerc (MON) Ferrari SF90. 31.03.2019

Sebastian Vettel (P5, 10 pts): 6/10
After the disappointing (and still baffling) way that Ferrari started the season in Melbourne, you'd have thought that Sebastian Vettel would have been on cloud nine with how that the team bounced back and dominated the run-up to the Bahrain Grand Prix, seemingly holding a huge advantage over the rest of the field. But the four-time world champion still seemed somewhat preoccupied - perhaps it was the way that his team mate Charles Leclerc kept beating him in practice and throughout qualifying? The tables appeared to turn when Vettel got the better start on Sunday, but he was curiously less than fully committed to defending the lead when Leclerc re-passed him on lap 4. By contrast, Vettel fought hammer and tongs when Lewis Hamilton subsequently loomed in his rear view mirrors - and he paid for his robust defence by spinning out and breaking his front wing. A recovery drive put him back up to fifth, but the question remains: what exactly is going on in the mind behind that unfortunate new facial furniture?