5 talking points ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix

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Following on from Sebastian Vettel’s victory at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, the Formula One circus heads to Bahrain for the second round of the championship.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the key talking points ahead of Sunday’s race in the desert.

1. Mercedes bidding to bounce back

Lewis Hamilton should have arrived in Bahrain on top of the pile, but instead – and for the second year running in his title battle with Sebastian Vettel – the British driver is playing catch-up. Hamilton dominated in Melbourne only for a timing glitch during a virtual safety car period to scupper his chances and allow Vettel to seal the most unlikely of victories. Mercedes launched, and concluded its investigation and have put a new process in place to ensure a similar error does not happen again. Hamilton’s defeat at Albert Park places greater emphasis on this week’s race in Bahrain. Ferrari were strong here last year with Vettel taking the victory. Another win for the Italian marque on Sunday will give them real confidence that they just might be able to take the challenge to Hamilton and Mercedes once more this year.

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