After a Chinese GP that was frankly, an exercise in damage control, Bahrain was up next and I needed it to be a better all-round race. Practice and qualifying were uneventful – I took pole, and would lead the race from the start, through to the first round of stops. Upon my first stop, I would slip down the order, but would pull off some pretty bold moves under late braking at turns 8 and 10 to move back up the pecking order.
The race was rather routine, until around lap 38, when I suddenly developed a rear puncture (my right tyre I think). I had a pretty hearty gap over the rest of the pack, and was due to pit on lap 42 – did I chance a few laps with a puncture or pit early?
I ended up staying out, losing time lap after lap but not faring too badly, and was able to pit and resume without my race being hindered. An important win saw me reduce the gap to championship leader Button to 11 points.