Abril 24, 2018

Vettel holds off Bottas charge to win in Bahrain

09 Abril 2018, 05:12 | Gerardo Tarin

GETTYFerrari have revealed the Ferrari mechanic fractured his shinbone and fibula

Ferrari have revealed the Ferrari mechanic fractured his shinbone and fibula

The race stewards said they felt Ferrari had done all they could to minimise the risk of the wheel coming off the vehicle. Hamilton's problem was caused by a hydraulic leak sustained during the season-opening Australian GP two weeks ago.

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton showed only the fourth result, and subject to the penalty for an unscheduled replacement of the transmission Briton in the race tomorrow will start ninth.

In one thrilling maneuver during the race Hamilton overtook three drivers in one go.

But it was not all good news for Ferrari as Vettel's teammate Finn Kimi Raikkonen failed to finish after colliding with a mechanic at a pit stop.

The mechanic was taken away on a stretcher and is being examined at the time of writing.

The two Red Bulls retired from the race after Daniel Ricciardo stopped on track on lap two and Max Verstappen was forced to park his auto three laps later.

The energy drink company's other team Toro Rosso celebrated a remarkable day, however, with fourth place for French driver Pierre Gasly. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) +1:02.234 5.

Magnussen was able to hold off Hulkenberg and Alonso in fifth with Stoffel Vandoorne bringing both McLaren's into the points in eighth. Marcus Ericsson one stopped his way to Sauber's first points of the season ahead of Esteban Ocon. It's getting better, so obviously today was quite nice and the vehicle came alive.

"(Hamilton) will take a five-place penalty.

Kimi Raikkonen insists he was given the green light to
GETTYKimi Raikkonen insists he was given the green light to

Vettel initially planned to conduct a two-stop race after pitting for soft tyres on lap 19 of 58. His vehicle was struggling to find grip and it was apparent how hard it was for the team to put in a clean lap.

"When they told me the pace of Valtteri at that time, I said: 'No way can I do that.' I did the maths in the vehicle and thought he was going to catch me. Our plan worked but just, Bottas had a bit of a sniff but ran out of laps".

He was more than 3sec slower than Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who topped the time sheet narrowly from Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

What that would do though, is force Vettel to stay out until the end on a set of Soft tyres which really shouldn't have been able to cope.

Valtteri Bottas has a little longer odds today, but he has the potential for the upset.

Vettel, last year's championship runner-up, has a golden chance to extend his overall lead.

In the Ferrari camp, Vettel reported something "quite bad" around Turns 11 and 12 before being ordered to pit immediately. Despite making a small improvement, Vettel found 0.063s more on his own attempt to sneak ahead in the closing seconds.

"Wow!" screamed Vettel as he crossed the line.

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