Battles for the drivers' championship define seasons. What the Bahrain Grand Prix offered us, as well as one of the best Formula 1 races of the 21st century, was the first genuine shooting war in the tantalising head to head between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.
On track, Rosberg was the aggressor, but off it, it was Hamilton who was on the front foot. During the weekend, he wasted no opportunity to highlight the unseen battleground that will prove a deciding factor in which of the pair prevails.
In Malaysia a week earlier, Hamilton was superior on all fronts. Faster, wiser, more fuel efficient, stronger on tyre management. Rosberg didn't have the ammunition to take him on and had to settle for second. So what had changed in Bahrain? On Saturday evening, Hamilton took his first gentle dig at his team-mate.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.