overall leader. Then, in China, Mercedes swept the front row, thanks to a grid
penalty for Hamilton, and Nico Rosberg took the first win by a works Silver Arrows since 1955. Hamilton, still without a victory, was championship king for a day. In Bahrain, a race held against a backdrop of nightly clashes between
police and anti-government protesters with tear gas and petrol bombs, world champion Sebastian Vettel won for Red Bull and toppled Hamilton. For the first time since 2003, no driver has managed to take a repeat victory in the opening four races while new faces have emerged.