When Sebastian Vettel crossed the finish line first on Sunday night in Bahrain, it marked the best start for Ferrari in nine seasons. The win in Bahrain was Vettel’s third all-time victory in the desert, and 44th of his Formula One career. But, it was also his second of the season, as the German also won the season opening race in Australia too.
Two wins in three tries for the Ferrari driver, marks the first time that Ferrari has won two of the first three races in an F1 season since 2008 when Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen accomplished that feat then. But, with Vettel winning both races this year, he’s the first Ferrari driver to personally win two of the first three races since Michael Schumacher accomplished that feat in 2014.
Now, it appears that Vettel and Ferrari are in the midst of a title fight, as the speed in their cars this season are far better than we’ve seen out of them in recent years. In the other race that Vettel didn’t win this season, he came home second at China. That’s three straight top two finishes to start the 2017 campaign off and a points lead heading into Russia in two weeks, which oh by the way, Vettel came home runner-up there in 2015 too.
Raikkonen, has two fourth place finishes with a fifth at China sandwiched in-between for three straight top fives to start the year off too.
Right now, the Ferrari’s have the pace to challenge for a championship. It appears that Vettel is the main challenger as he’s searching for his fifth world championship and first with the team.