Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes AMG took his 3rd win
of the season in Bahrain as Kimi Raikkonen finished 2nd on the
podium for Scuderia Ferrari to take his first podium since his return to
Ferrari. Nico Rosberg finished 3rd in his Mercedes AMG Petronas at
the Sakhir international Circuit in Bahrain.
In a race all focused on tyre strategy and undercuts, as all
the cars sprinted to the first corner, Hamilton found a comfortable lead ahead
of Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, as Raikkonen out smarted Rosberg for his 3rd
place. As DRS was enabled, Rosberg made his move on Raikkonen on lap 4 to
regain his position from the Finn. Four laps later, Rosberg made the same move
on Vettel’s Ferrari to take 2nd place.
Meanwhile, Filipe Massa of Williams was forced to start from
the pitlane after an electrical problem sitting on the grid. As he had to climb
up the order, Massa was 10th on lap 19 to go on to finish the race
in the same position.
By lap 14, Vettel dived into the pits to change to the
option tyre and undercut Rosberg who pits on next lap. Next time around,
Rosberg made the same move yet again on Vettel to take the position back and
Hamilton exited the pit right in front of the battle between the Mercedes and
Kimi pitted on lap 17 to get on primes, as he found comfort
in on the tyres to close in on Teammate Vettel. By lap 20, the Iceman was
lapping quicker on harder tyres that both Mercedes and Vettel on softer
The 2nd set of pit stops came around lap 33 as
Vettel attempted and executed another undercut on Rosberg only for Vettel to
run wide under pressure and hand the position to Rosberg. Vettel took a damage
on front wing and dived into pits yet again to ruin his race for a nose change
leaving Raikkonen to take the fight to the Mighty Mercs.
Kimi on the prime tyres, pitted on lap 41 and came out ahead
of Vettel, to get back on softer tyres
and charge for Rosberg’s 2nd place. By lap 56, Kimi closed the gap
on Rosberg and moved into 2nd place to begin chasing Hamilton.
Vettel was struggling behind Bottas’ Williams in 5th place.
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing), Romain Grosjean (Lotus), Sergio Perez (Sahara Force India), Daniil
Kvyat (Red Bull Racing) and Felipe Massa (Williams) finished the top 10 in 6th,
7th, 8th, 9th and 10th respectively
to score the remaining points.
Jenson Button did not manage to start the race as he faces
ERS problems as McLaren felt that it was safer not to run the car. Pastor
Maldonado retired his Lotus and neither Torro Rossos Max Verstappen and Carlos
Sainz finished the race.
Mercedes AMG Petronas
Lotus F1 Team
Sahara Force India
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