Mercedes set the pace

Formula 1 Fans of the Cayman Islands had more than 60 people on Sunday watching the Bahrain Grand Prix at PD’s and raised $209 for charity, nudging their three race total for Cayman HospiceCare to just over $700.

Club organizer Danny Roach said, “We gave away two Automotive Art gift cards, two UPS Courier gift packs, a Rubis gas card, two PowerFlower cash cards for live plants from their new plant nursery and a Ragazzi Ristorante gift card.”

The next race is the Chinese GP in Shanghai over the Easter weekend GP.

Roach, a big Ferrari fan, joked, “There will be like an Easter egg hunt for the other teams to upset Mercedes from the top positions.”

Mercedes are enjoying their early season success and seem to have the perfect formula for their drivers.

Mercedes announced that they will let Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg race freely for the rest of the season after their close encounter in Bahrain.

Hamilton held off Rosberg in a thriller at Sakhir and the only demand from their team was that they did not crash.

Rosberg and Hamilton were side by side several times during the race, with each pushing the other to the limits of the track as they fought for victory.

The race featured wheel-to-wheel action throughout the field from start to finish, ironically coming at the end of a weekend in which F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and Ferrari president Luca Di Montezemolo had both said the new efficiency-based rules were producing a lack of action.

A frantic battle for third place was won by Force India’s Sergio Perez, from Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Nico Hulkenberg is his Force India was fifth and reigning champion Sebastian Vettel had to settle for only sixth place for Red Bull.

For Roach, it was another disappointing showing by Ferrari with Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikonnen finishing ninth and tenth respectively. Alonso, a former world champ, complained afterwards that his car is too slow to be competitive.

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