Usually it is the job of a Formula 1 writer to talk up the next Grand Prix and explain why it will be the best race ever and why everyone should watch it.

However looking ahead to this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix it is quite hard to do so.

That is because Mercedes, the team who have won both races so far this season with a victory for each driver, are perfectly suited to the layout of the Sakhir International Circuit.

Unlike at Sepang last weekend, the need for good speed on the straights does not need to be compromised for downforce through the turns as most corners in Bahrain are around 100mph (160kph) or less.

I'll write in more detail about the different demands of the Sakhir Circuit in my usual track guide later today, however the need for good straight line speed does put the resurgent Red Bull at quite a disadvantage.

In the opening races the world champions have made up for the shortfall in power from the Renault V6 by being extremely quick through the medium and high speed turns.

But with potentially four areas on this track where the Mercedes and Ferrari-powered cars will be nearing 200mph (320kph), the 20kph+ deficit Red Bull and other Renault-powered cars have will be exaggerated.

This means that the rampant Mercedes will likely only have themselves to beat this weekend.

For the first time, and in celebration of this race's 10th anniversary, the Bahrain Grand Prix becomes a twilight race like it's fellow Middle East venue of Abu Dhabi.

As a result, the one thing that made Mercedes look slightly vulnerable in the heat of Malaysia, the degradation of the tyres, will be less of an issue as day becomes night and the temperatures drop very quickly.

What is also quite worrying is the pace Lewis Hamilton showed over team-mate Nico Rosberg in Malaysia. The Briton was dominant in all conditions and with rain not even a consideration in the desert Island nation, little could stop the 2008 champion making it two-in-a-row.

With Red Bull's weakness set to be exposed other teams will likely spring up and challenge for what could only be a 'best of the rest' tag behind the two Silver Arrows.

Probable favourites would have to be Williams, with the pace of the FW36 has been hindered by wet qualifying sessions at both the opening races, but no such obstacle should stand in their way in Bahrain.

Indeed Felipe Massa posted the fastest time of the final test at the Sakhir circuit though a lack of upgrades since then could be a potential hindrance.

What will also be interesting is the battle between Massa and Valtteri Bottas following the Brazilian's decision to ignore team orders towards the end of the Malaysian race.

Certainly Massa was keen to show he will no longer play a number two role and with Bottas still likely angered by his team-mate's decision expect an aggressive battle if the pair lock horns with each other again this weekend.

The Bahrain track has historically been a good one for Force India, the team got their best result there last year as Paul di Resta claimed fourth and only just missed out on a podium.

With Nico Hulkenberg in red-hot form too he could be quite a few people's favourite to claim a podium finish, as for team-mate Sergio Perez, he will be desperate to kick start what has been a horror start to the season, failing to even make the start in Sepang last Sunday.

Also in the mix, and a confrontation I am looking forward to, will be three teams who were involved in mega championship battles not too long ago.

McLaren, Ferrari and Red Bull, I believe, will be a little off the leading pace but all will look for solid points finishes.

McLaren may be boosted by their Mercedes engine while Ferrari and Red Bull may have enough aerodynamically to keep the Woking team in touch.

Kimi Raikkonen will be getting some new parts specifically for him to help with what has been a tricky return to the Scuderia, while Fernando Alonso will do as he always does and get the absolute best from the F14-T.

Finally Red Bull have the aforementioned power deficit but their car will still be good enough to see them stay in the top 10.

For Sebastian Vettel his return to form claiming a podium in Malaysia will have undoubtedly boosted his confidence but for Daniel Ricciardo he will have to contend with a 10-place grid drop after qualifying making him a prime candidate for most positions gained for those who participate in the prediction leagues.

Lotus made a major step forward in Malaysia getting Romain Grosjean to the finish at Sepang.

The car itself seemed to back up claims that once the power unit problems are overcome they will be contending for points and so now I would have to put them in a battle with Toro Rosso who have capitalised on trouble ahead to score in both races so far through their Russian teenager Daniil Kvyat.

Sauber remain the big disappointment of the season in my eyes, the financial troubles they are having is clearly holding them back more than they would care us to know and indeed the team has become rather invisible due to their lack of competitiveness.

However they do have a good gap over the two slower teams of Marussia and Caterham. This battle hotted up in Malaysia as Tony Fernandes' team secured a double finish taking them ahead of their Russian backed rivals in the scrap for 10th in the Constructors Championship.

The problem these teams have is as reliability improves and fewer cars retire, they will have to develop and try and catch the likes of Sauber if they are to beat the 13th place Kamui Kobayashi managed at Sepang.

For them, however, the chances of that occurring in Bahrain are slim.

In conclusion then the Bahrain race promises to be the most spectacular visually as the sun sets and the lights come on but on the track it appears we are set for the same old story with Mercedes well ahead of the rest, though the battle for third will be certainly one to watch.

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