Sebastian Vettel wins Bahrain Grand Prix; Hamilton penalised

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel made it clear that Ferrari is at war with Mercedes as he seized the Bahrain Grand Prix after Lewis Hamilton was slapped a 5-seconds penality.

The german driver Sebastian Vettel now leads the championship with seven-point over Briton Hamilton who finished the race second.

The Mercedes ace driver Hamilton was penalized for ‘intentionally’ driving slowly on pit entry holding up Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in the first round of pit-stops when he was lined up behind teammate Valtteri Bottas who finished third. { Karma Biatch!}

Race highlight:

Vettel took the lead from pole-sitter Mercedes’ Bottas during a safety car period early on in the race. As the race resumed, he managed to zap past his rival and building a comfortable advantage of over 10 seconds from the rest of the drivers.

But Vettel was still caught by the nerve over the final 10 laps as a rushing Hamilton was catching up from behind. Bottas was ordered to let Hamilton pass by but 12 seconds in nine laps was too much of a task, as Vettel was way off to cruise to the chequered flag.

Vettel conquered the race with a winning time of one hour 33 minutes 53.374 seconds. Hamilton, with the five-second time penalty, managed to close the gap to 6.660 seconds by the end. Bottas finished 20.397s back in third.

Grid Girls out of nowhere!

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen came fourth, 22.475s behind his teammate. Followed by Red Bull Racing’s young gun Daniel Ricciardo (+39.346s) in fifth and Williams’s Felipe Massa (+54.326s) for sixth. Force India’s Sergio Perez (+62.606s) was seventh and American Team Haas’s Romain Grosjean (+74.865s) managed to the top eight.

Red Bull driver Formula 1′ boy wonder Max Verstappen crashed out due to brake failure and was not classified along with Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz, Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson, Williams’s Lance Stroll, McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne, and Haas’s Kevin Magnussen.

The Bahrain Grand Prix marked the third round of the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship. Next up is the Russian Grand Prix Racing starting April 30 

 

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