Vettel wins Bahrain GP, Raikkonen's vehicle hits mechanic

Vettel wins Bahrain GP, Raikkonen's vehicle hits mechanic

Vettel wins Bahrain GP, Raikkonen's vehicle hits mechanic

Vettel was nearly overtaken by Bottas on the last lap, but made a crucial blocking move and won by only 0.6 seconds, reported AP.

A fired-up Lewis Hamilton admits his thoughts are "already on the world championship" just two races into the 2018 season after falling 17 points behind Sebastian Vettel.

The big news of the evening was Frenchman Pierre Gasly, who with a rejuvenated Honda engine, placed his Toro Rosso in fifth position.

Neither Red Bull Racing auto finished as both Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen suffered mechanical failures.

Verstappen was automatically eliminated from the fight for the top 10, and a Dutch company made up both the racer "the McLaren" Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandorn, Brandon Hartley at Toro Rosso and Sergio Perez ("Force India)".

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.

However, Hamilton will incurr a five-place grid penalty after Mercedes was forced to change his car's gearbox prior to qualifying and will start the race in ninth place. "I am happy", he said. In Australia I think we struggled a little bit with the feel of the auto.

Red Bull had an very bad race, with Ricciardo and Verstappen retiring within six laps.

Despite seeing Bottas grow ever larger in his mirrors over the closing laps, Vettel was able to keep the Finn at bay to claim his second win of the season in his 200th race start.

Max Verstappen crashed out of the first part of qualifying after losing control of the rear of his Red Bull exiting Turn 2. A Virtual Safety Car was deployed. "(Hamilton) will take a five-place penalty.

Ferrari outpaced Mercedes in the Bahraini desert through practice and qualifying, with Lewis Hamilton qualifying in fourth behind his teammate Valtteri Bottas.

But it could have been a slightly different story, as it was Kimi Raikkonen who led after the first run, helped by a mistake from Vettel.

However, Ferrari's success was overshadowed by Kimi Raikkonen's collision with a mechanic during a pit stop on lap 36.

The German dominated the race but endured a nail-biting final few laps as Bottas closed on him but could not find a way past.

Bottas finally pitted after 21 laps, in a 3.8 seconds stop for medium tyres that were expected to see him complete the race - while both Ferrari ran on softs. Hamilton was unable to chase the Ferrari in its dirty air and hence had to settle for second after no competition from anyone for a large part of the race.

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