Friday, 21 September, 2018

Vettel marks 200th race with thrilling Bahrain win

Race winner Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates in parc ferme during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel won a thrilling Bahrain Grand Prix ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton Credit GETTY
Andrew Cummings | 10 April, 2018, 19:50

Vettel pitted from the lead on lap 18 with the aim of running a two-stop strategy, but Ferrari had to change its plans when it became clear Mercedes would last the race on a one-stop.

Lewis Hamilton was third after starting in ninth place.

Although the German won the season-opening Australian GP, he stated after the race that he lacked a "bit of confidence" in his SF71H.

The win under the floodlights was the 49th of Vettel's grand prix career and an unprecedented fourth at the Sakhir desert circuit.

The Ferrari driver secured his second victory in as many races on Sunday night after holding off a late charge from Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas. "I don't see what happens behind and unfortunately he got hurt", Raikkonen said.

He had earlier told his team that everything was under control but that, he recognised later with a smile, was not the reality.

Both Bottas and Hamilton not only managed to match the Ferraris for pace on their Mediums, but also were going marginally quicker.

"Only a big thank you".

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Kimi Raikkonen was making his second stop of the race when there was a problem at the left rear of the vehicle.

This follows the €5,000 ($6,100) penalty the team received Friday after Raikkonen left a pit stop during practice without one of his wheels being properly attached.

Ferrari mechanic Francesco Cigarini has undergone successful surgery after suffering a broken leg in a sickening botched Kimi Raikkonen pit stop during the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton could take some consolation in equalling Raikkonen's all-time record of 27 successive points finishes.

Hamilton also survived a clash with Red Bull's Max Verstappen as the Dutchman tried to pass on lap four at Turn One, the Dutchman's differential breaking as they touched when Verstappen pushed Hamilton wide and the Briton hung on.

This left Hamilton to make up places and after slipping to 10th he regained ninth and then passed Alonso, Hulkenberg and Ocon in one move. He was possibly held up by traffic or confused by shoddy radio communications but, as noted during the Sky broadcast, he was given target times but didn't achieve them consistently.

Pierre Gasly benefited from the issues among the top three teams to finish fourth in his Toro Rosso. "These tyres were done - they were done for the last 10 laps". Both Sauber and Force India scored their first points of the season under the lights in Bahrain.

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