Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Sebastian Vettel wins Bahrain Grand Prix after mechanic hit by Ferrari auto

Sebastian Vettel wins Bahrain Grand Prix after mechanic hit by Ferrari auto

Kimi Raikkonen set a scorching pace in Saturday's final practice session to keep Ferrari at the top of the timesheets in the build-up to qualifying for Sunday's Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix.

"Yes, P1! Pole position", said Vettel.

"That was a lion lap. But it wasn't quite enough", Bottas said. "First run in Q3 I was very happy and then I tossed it away at the last corner".

"The vehicle has been excellent here all weekend".

SEBASTIAN VETTEL wins on his 200th grand prix start in Bahrain to extend his lead at the top of the driver's championship to 17 points. Not only has Gasly managed a fifth place start for Toro Rosso tomorrow, but team-mate Hartley will start in 10th, which means both Honda-engined Toro Rossos will start higher up the grid than the McLarens with their Renault power.

But Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion, failed to improve on his final run as he struggled to find a response to his teammate's effort.

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"But what can I do?"

Bottas, who is fighting to get a new contract for next year, proved a point after a disappointing eighth place in Melbourne.

"It's disappointing for us not to be on the front row", Bottas said. The laps were getting better, but these guys in the red cars! "It's going to be a close race".

After the bore-fest that was Australia, Bahrain delivered in both picturesque setting and drama from start to finish. He escaped a grid penalty and Ferrari was instead fined €5,000 euros (NZ$6100). "He drove into my left rear and gave me a puncture and also destroyed the diff".

"I haven't really thought about it yet", said Hamilton.

"There will be chances to do something with the strategy and I will eke out all the performance and strength I can from the auto".

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Despite putting in more laps (38) than anyone in the 20-strong field at the 5.4km desert circuit, Toro Rosso driver Hartley couldn't eke anything extra out of a vehicle which is on the verge of an upgrade.

The Dutchman was furious with himself after losing control at Turn 2 and shunting into a tyre barrier before taking a ride back to the garage on a scooter.

The session was red-flagged and stopped with more than five minutes to go in the session. He was left with a rear left puncture and limped back to the pits for new tyres before retiring the vehicle due to damage from the early incident.

After the first segment of qualification in full force left the "Williams" and "Zauber" and "Haas" suddenly lost Romain Grosjean.

He then completed 38 laps in the second session, clocking 1:32.908 to finish 20th of 20 cars, 3.091 seconds behind Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who had the day's best time of 1:29.817. Vettel was fourth and Hamilton fifth.

Raikkonen and Vettel finished half-a-second clear of their Mercedes rivals in practice, and Vettel, while pleased with his team's progress, expressed caution over Friday's times.

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