Bahrain GP: Sebastian Vettel wins after Lewis Hamilton overtake

Hope Soto
April 10, 2018

The 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix was among the most intense and exciting races in a long while, with plenty of edge-of-your-seat action taking place both on and off the track.

The Brit started the Bahrain Grand Prix in ninth due to a gearbox replacement, which incurred a five-place grid place penalty.

The Ferrari mechanic who was hospitalized with a broken leg after being struck by Kimi Raikkonen's vehicle says he is "OK" following surgery.

Francesco Cigarini, the mechanic who was preparing to swap with the left-rear tyre was mistakenly hit by Raikkonen as he ran over the mechanic's leg, injuring him in the process.

Behind him and Gasly, Magnussen took fifth ahead of Hulkenberg and Alonso, who spared McLaren's blushes with a superb drive after a bad performance in qualifying, trounced by the Toro Rosso using the Honda engine McLaren rejected as not good enough a year ago.

Kevin Magnussen took a solid fifth place finish for Haas ahead of Nico Hulkenberg's Renault and the two McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne.

There were also celebrations at Sauber, with Sweden's Marcus Ericsson finishing ninth for his first points since 2015 and the Swiss team's first of the season, but gloom at Williams whose drivers finished last.

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Vettel now leads the championship standings with 50 points; Hamilton, with 33 points is second, and Bottas, with 22 points is third. Replays showed the vehicle made contact with the mechanic's leg. Soon after he moved past Magnussen and Gasly to take fourth. We had targeted two stops and that's why we had chosen Soft tires.

After the win, Vettel now has 50 points in the 2018 driver standings, 17 points ahead of Hamilton, while the Briton's teammate Bottas is in third 28 points off the pace. While Raikkonen lost out on his ninth podium finish in Bahrain, Formula 1 fans were robbed of what could have been a Raikkonen versus Hamilton battle for the third step of the podium. With Ferrari appearing to need to pit both Vettel and Raikkonen again, Mercedes was looking to recover its pace deficit by outplaying its rival on strategy.

"Valtteri and Lewis are pushing very hard".

In the lead, Hamilton was 5.3 seconds clear of Vettel after 22 laps, an advantage trimmed to half a second by lap 25 with Bottas five seconds adrift in third. He closed in on Vettel but as they approached the braking zone he wasn't quite close enough to attempt a move without risking an accident. Vettel stopped for the soft rubber on lap 19 with Raikkonen in a lap later for the same tyres.

Raikkonen said his performance did not ease the frustration of losing the result.

This is effectively McLaren's second home race given their financial ties with the Bahraini royal family, but the guests which squeezed into the team's hospitality suite were provided with little fanfare as Alonso qualified a torrid 13th.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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