Sebastian Vettel dominated the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend, gaining his second victory out of his four races this year, accumulating even more points for Red Bull. After much arguments and controversy over the last Grand Prix where Vettel overtook his own team-mate Mark Webber when he was clearly instructed not to do so, Vettel seemed unfazed as he drove one of his best races of the year so far. Team Lotus finished nicely having both of their drivers, Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean, on the podium at the end of the race just denying Paul Di Resta from having his first podium place of his career.
There were close battles on the track between everyone and especially between the McLaren duo, Jenson Button and Sergio Perez who were both fighting for fifth place. During their scrap for fifth, former McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton took advantage and overtook them allowing him to place fifth overall. Fernando Alonso, who was the main threat on Sebastian Vettel last year, only managed to finish 8th, after his wing panel got stuck on two separate occasions forcing him to go into the pit lane.
Sebastian Vettel extends his lead in the Championship over Kimi Räikkönen to 10 points, whilst Lewis Hamilton is 13 points behind him in third place. The German opened up the race very skilfully overtaking Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg early on, and then continued using his excellent driving skills to stay in pole position throughout the remainder of the race. Behind Vettel there was plenty going on including a fight with his team-mate Webber, who was attempting to get into the 5th position but could only manage 7th behind Perez.
Sebastian Vettel commented after the race, “It was a faultless, seamless race from start to finish. I knew it was crucial to get into the lead and look after the tyres, the pace was phenomenal, the car was great. I could push every single lap and look after the tyres.” He continued, “I lost out to Fernando at the first corner, but I could get him back. I saved some Kers and could out-accelerate him into Turn Six. Out of Turn four I did the same on Nico, a little bit of Kers and got him into Turn Five.”
Top 10 finishers:
1. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull 1 hour 36 minutes 00.498 seconds
2. Kimi Räikkönen – Lotus +00:09.111
3. Romain Grosjean – Lotus 00:19.507
4. Paul Di Resta – Force India 00:21.727
5. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes 00:35.230
6. Sergio Perez – McLaren 00:35.998
7. Mark Webber – Red Bull 00:37.244
8. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari 00:37.574
9. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes 00:41.126
10. Jenson Button – McLaren 00:46.631
Author Daniel Foster.
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