Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel became the first driver to win two races this season with an impressive victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix - but behind ...
Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel became the first driver to win two races this season with an impressive victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix - but behind him, there were countless battles all the way down the field.
Kimi Raikkonen bounced back from a disappointing qualifying, which saw him start eighth, to finish second ahead of Lotus team mate Romain Grosjean who secured his first podium of the season.
Paul di Resta produced one of the best drives of his career, running in third place in the Force India and on course for his first F1 podium before losing out to Grosjean with five laps to go and finishing fourth.
While Nico Rosberg went from pole position to ninth at the finish, his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton went in the opposite direction, rising from ninth to fifth.
And Sergio Perez delivered his strongest performance since joining McLaren with an aggressive drive to finish sixth – but who was your Driver of the Day?
Bold moves on Fernando Alonso and Rosberg early in the race allowed Vettel to drive away at the front and secure his 28th career victory. Lost out to Alonso at the first corner, dropping from second to third, but re-passed the Spaniard around the outside at Turn Five. Another brave move on race leader Rosberg at the same corner a few laps later saw him take the lead and race off into the distance. Did three-stops and controlled the race to extend his championship lead to 10 points after four races.
Made a two-stop strategy work and rose up the field to finish second and maintain his championship challenge. Started eighth after a poor qualifying and struggled to make up any ground in the opening laps but found some pace after the first stop. Looked after his tyres well, which meant he could two-stop while most of his rivals did three-stops. Battled his way into second to secure his 21st consecutive point-scoring finish, three behind record-holder Michael Schumacher.
Struggled to match team mate Raikkonen in the opening three races but kick-started his season with an impressive drive to third. Was given a new chassis for this race but qualified 11th and made a slow getaway at the start. Picked up the pace after his first stop, which he had to make earlier than planned after debris became lodged in the front of the radiator. Did one more stop than his team mate but showed great pace throughout the race and put a pass on Di Resta late on to take his first podium of the season.
Showed good pace all weekend and transformed that into points with his best finish of the season in fourth. Started fifth and made a good start, passing Felipe Massa for fourth. Led the race at one stage and ran in the top three for most of the grand prix before being overtaken by Grosjean in the closing stages. Finished just two seconds behind the Lotus in fourth to equal the best finish of his career.
Told to toughen up by team boss Martin Whitmarsh and did just that, driving aggressively and banging wheels with McLaren team mate Jenson Button to finish sixth. Started 12th and battled his way into eighth by lap five, one place behind Button with whom he had a race-long battle. Tapped the rear of his team mate's car and banged wheels at high speed a couple of laps later before eventually making a move stick. Overtook Webber on the final lap to take sixth – his best finish since joining McLaren this season.
Overshadowed by team mate Rosberg in qualifying but saw the roles reversed in the race as he climbed up the field to finish fifth. Made a poor start, dropping two places to 11th and struggled for pace in the opening stint. Admitted his surprise after the race that he suddenly found some speed in the second stint and from there he passed former team mate Button on his way up through the field. Enjoyed a long battle with Webber in the closing stages, trading places several times before making the crucial move on the final lap to seal fifth.So who was your Driver of the Day? Leave a comment at the bottom of this story.
Podium finish for both Lotus F1 drivers at Bahrain
British bank sells Marussia team stake
About this article
Bahrain Grand Prix – Who was your Driver of the Day?
- Formula 1