It was now the turn of Sebastian
Vettel of Ferrari to come in first in the third Formula 1 race of the season,
having done the same thing in the first race. With this win, Vettel has a clear
lead in the drivers’ championship after winning the 2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air
Bahrain Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton, the winner of the second race of the season
had to be content with a second place
here in Bahrain. Despite his late charge in the race, he could not prevent Vettel
winning a a splendid victory for Ferrari. But Mercedes team had reason to smile
as Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas took third position.
For Force India’s drivers
Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, it was good news as both came in the first ten
standings and earned points. They finished seventh and tenth respectively.
Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen came in fourth. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo finished
fifth while his team mate Max Verstappen retired early with brake failure.
Felipe Massa secured sixth for Williams, Haas’s Romain Grosjean and Renault’s
Nico Hulkenberg came in eighth and ninth respectively.
From third on the grid, Vettel
pushed past Hamilton’s Silver Arrow going into Turn 1 at the start, then chased
polesitter and early leader Bottas as the three of them were joined by the Red
Bulls of fast-starting Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo in a high-speed
train. But then Verstappen crashed in Turn 4 on the 12th lap, due to suspected
brake failure. In the 13th lap Carlos Sainz, leaving the pits after a stop in
his Toro Rosso, collided with the side of rookie Lance Stroll’s Williams as the
Canadian turned into Turn 1, resulting in Sainz earning a three-place grid drop
for the next round in Canada.
There were lots of other
retirements but for Vettel it was his 44th career victory, now leading the championship
table with 68 points to Hamilton’s 61, with Bottas now third on 38 , Raikkonen
on 32, Verstappen on 25 and Ricciardo on 22.
Mercedes still lead the
constructors’ stakes, with 109 points to Ferrari’s 100, with Red Bull on 47
ahead of Force India on 17, Williams on 16, Toro Rosso on 12, Haas on 8 and
Renault on 2.
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