Although the 2017 Formula 1 season has only just begun, the second win of the year for German Sebastian Vettel invites Ferrari fans to dream of claiming the Maxima title. Vettel, who won the Australian GP at the start of the event, climbed back to the top step of the podium at the Bahrain GP and with the added points he placed at the front of the standings with seven units over the English Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), his escort on the Sakhir circuit.
In the previous Mercedes had been firmer than the Scuderia with the first pole position of the Finn Valtteri Bottas and the second position of Hamilton. However, Vettel countered the Silver Arrows' dominance in qualifying with a brilliant start that allowed him to slip through the German cars.
"The exit was key to getting between the two Mercedes and not allowing them to escape as they know how to do it," confessed Vettel, who then played to win the leading position from Bottas in the pit entrance to change tires.
Hamilton was very aggressive, but that didn't do him much good. And, on the contrary, he paid dearly for his excesses: He received a five-second penalty for entering the pit lane too slowly for retaining Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). “It was all my fault. I apologize to the team for this loss of time, ”lamented Hamilton, who was also frustrated by the final result. “Of course I'm disappointed… Losing points for Mercedes and winning when you could potentially have won is painful, but that's the way it is. I don't know, I'll be getting older… ”, he said.
At the end the three-time champion tried to discount the leader, but Vettel had a good advantage that allowed him to get the victory with more than six and a half seconds over Lewis. Bottas, meanwhile, had to settle for completing the podium after reaching more than 20 seconds behind the winner.
“It was a great day, I don't know what to say. The last lap, with the fireworks and the lights on of the circuit, was incredible. I have no words, it was a great job on the part of the team ”, summed up Vettel, who now more than ever lives a pink present, sorry Ferrari red…
CLASSIFICATION (57 laps)
1. Sebastian Vettel (ALE / Ferrari), 1h33m53s374
2. Lewis Hamilton (ING / Mercedes) at 6s660
3. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) at 20s397
4. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN / Ferrari) at 22s475
5. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Red Bull-TAG Heuer) at 39s346
6. Felipe Massa (BRA / Williams-Mercedes) at 54s326
7. Sergio Pérez (MEX / Force India-Mercedes) at 1m02s606
8. Romain Grosjean (FRA / Haas-Ferrari) at 1m14s865
9. Nico Hulkenberg (ALE / Renault) at 1m20s188
10. Esteban Ocon (FRA / Force India-Mercedes) at 1m35s711
AVERAGE: 196,979 km / h. LAP RECORD: Hamilton, in 46th, in 1m32s798 at 209,953 km / h. CHAMPIONSHIP: 1) Vettel, 68 points; 2) Hamilton, 61; 3) Bottas, 38; 4) Räikkönen, 34; 5) Verstappen, 25; 6) Ricciardo, 22; 7) Massa, 16; 8) Pérez; 14; 9) Sainz, 10; 10) Grosjean and Magnussen, 4. BUILDERS CUP: 1) Ferrari, 102 points; 2) Mercedes, 99; 3) Red Bull, 47. NEXT DATE: 30/4. Grand Prix of Russia.
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