Vettel revving up with revived Ferrari

Apr 20, 2017, 08:58
Vettel revving up with revived Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton was beaten to victory by Sebastian Vettel at the Sakhir circuit and compromised his race by incurring a five-second penalty due to slowing in the pit lane but also lost time behind his team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, while Mercedes considered whether to let Hamilton pass.

Lewis Hamilton said finishing second at Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix was more painful than his second place finish in Australia at the start of the season.

With Bottas leading a tight train of five drivers early in the race, Vettel opted for the undercut, pitting for new super softs on Lap 10, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen following suit from fourth place shortly after.

Mercedes chose to pit both its drivers under the safety auto.

"It's important as we start the race to give them equal opportunity", he said.

"When you have a strong fight it is a great feeling so I felt good on the podium after the race".

But it already seems to be the case that Mercedes may have to declare Hamilton as its No. 1, something which head of motorsport Toto Wolff is not relishing. However, this late attack from Mercedes didn't bother Ferrari, as Vettel took the chequered flag to win his second race of the season. Here, Hamilton made a mistake of driving too slowly and was given a 5.0-second penalty for hindering Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

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Hamilton slowed nearly to a crawl as he entered the pits with Ricciardo behind, resulting in the penalty from the marshalls, which he took at his second pit stop, rejoining in third spot.

Although Sergio Perez got away with his in-off-the-pink move in Shanghai, Carlos Sainz's two-footed tackle was always going to receive a red card from stewards - in the shape of a Russian GP grid penalty.

Ferrari had a field day at the 2017 Bahrain Grand Prix as it divided the two Mercedes drivers and conquered.

Vettel took victory at Bahrain by over six seconds from Hamilton, with Bottas third. Bottas came in first, which pushed back Hamilton's stop.

Bottas finished third approximately 20.0 seconds back.

"Lewis obviously was a very big threat again towards the end. but the auto was a dream today".

Mexican Sergio Perez finished seventh for Force India, his 13th successive points finish, with Frenchman Romain Grosjean eighth for USA -owned Haas. Eighth, ninth and tenth spots went to Haas' Romain Grosjean, Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Force India's Esteban Ocon, respectively. "I completely understand the decision from the team to request that, and of course I did it". "Our focus was on advancing our understanding of the tyres and also the rear of the vehicle so that we can improve our long runs - particularly during the race and on the SuperSoft compound".