Sebastian Vettel won the race in Bahrain ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean after Fernando Alonso had problems with the DRS system and Nico Rosberg has settle with a modest prize. Grand Prix of Bahrain has offered one of the most spectacular starts in Formula 1 in recent years, after Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso gave thrilling duels in the first laps.
Yesterday we had an article regarding F1 Grand Prix Bahrain – Qualifying Results but just minutes ago the actual race here in Bahrain has finished! Overtook after the first corners by Alonso, Vettel quickly regained second place and became leader after the third lap when he went past Rosberg. Red Bull Racing driver quickly distanced himself from the German, who because of a weaker pace caracterestic to Mercedes in this season’s de, constantly lost platoon positions.
Alonso was announced as Vettel’s main rival in the fight for victory, but Scuderia Ferrari entered the pits early after the DRS system got stuck in the active position. Technical failure persisted, however, and the Spanish returned to pits after only four more laps and could not use the DRS system for the rest of the race.
Lotus, amazing pit strategies
This situation was a decisive advantage for Vettel, who in a very good race pace won the race using hard tires at the end of a strategy with just three pit stops, built especially for the two pilots of Team Lotus.
It was a fantastic race. We must thank our team because everything went flawlessly from start to finish. The pace was phenomenal and it was great seater. I took care of the tires and we were rewarded for it.
Sebastian Vettel – F1 Winner in Bahrain
Leaving from 9th and 11th place, Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean occupied the other places on the podium thanks to effective strategies when it comes to changing tires. The same as in all races of this year, Raikkonen managed his tires better and was able to make only two pit stops, while Grosjean entered the pits three times, but has competed in the last two laps with medium tires.
We planned on Friday to make only two pit stops and the strategy worked well. I didn’t had a good run in the first two rounds, but after the first tire change we have rebounded strongly, so eventually I had a good race.
Kimi Raikkonen – 2nd place in Bahrain
Major Performance from Di Resta
This trick allowed Grosjean to be consistently fast and go past Paul di Resta at the end of the race, scoring the first podium of the F1 season after receiving a new chassis from Lotus following his poor results in the first three races. Di Resta has had one of the best races of his career ranking fourth and alongside Raikkonen, was the only one who made only two pit stops.
Turning point for him was the start of the F1 race when Force India’s driver went past Felipe Massa who finished in 15th place after not less than four pit stops, two of which were caused by rear right problems.
In the first three races we had good results, but not quite where we wanted to be. We’ve worked a lot for today and my car and everything went well. Our strategy was different from all others and we’re very pleased to be here on the podium, just like last year.
Romain Grosjean – 3rd place in Bahrain
Most likely Massa’s seater was unbalanced after Adrian Sutil bumped into him in the start of the race. Even so, the second Force India pilot has finished ahead of Massa, 13th, after starting from the sixth position of the grid.
Leaving from ninth place of the grid after his demotion in qualifying, Lewis Hamilton had a good race overtaking the platoon and finishing in fifth position after passing Seergio Perez in the last minutes of the race.
Note however, the Mexican and his spectacular duels with his McLaren teammate, Jenson Button. McLaren’s F1 drivers easily bumped not less than three times, but both continued the race, with Briton finishing on 10th place.
Webber and Rosberg: investigated by the Commissioner
Not as clean, however, were the battles between Mark Webber and Rosberg. The second pilot of the Red Bull Racing team managed to stay in front of Germany’s team after an easy…bump. The incident will be reviewed by the Commissioners after the race and there is the possibility that at least one of the drivers will be relegated on the grid in the next Grand Prix race that will take place in Spain.
UPDATE: Webber received a written warning from the Commissioners for the incident in which he was involved against Rosberg, but kept his seventh position.
Webber finished in seventh, while Rosberg had to settle with only ninth place, both united by Alonso who took the nr. 8 spot. Without the ability to use the DRS system, the Spaniard dropped in 13th place after the second pit stop, but climbed to eight place after a harsh battle.
Williams, again with Zero Points!
Williams is the only traditional team that has not won any points after the first four races of the season, after Pastor Maldonado and Valtteri Bottas finished on 11 and 15 respectively. Meanwhile, Caterham made it big as Charles Pic finished in 17th place ahead of Esteban Gutierrez from Sauber, who started the race from the last place on the grid.
The only abandon in the Bahrain Formula 1 Race was achieved by Jean-Eric Vergne at Toro Rosso and the winner of the race, Sebastian Vettel, also set the best time in the race after being clocked with 1:36.961 on lap 55.
Formula 1 Bahrain Race 2013 – Race Results
1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1h36:26.945s 2. Raikkonen Lotus-Renault + 9.1s 3. Grosjean Lotus-Renault + 19.5s 4. Di Resta Force India-Mercedes + 21.7s 5. Hamilton Mercedes + 35.2s 6. Perez McLaren-Mercedes + 35.9s 7. Webber Red Bull-Renault + 37.2s 8. Alonso Ferrari + 37.5s 9. Rosberg Mercedes + 41.1s 10. Button McLaren-Mercedes + 46.6s 11. Maldonado Williams-Renault + 1m06.4s 12. Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari + 1m12.9s 13. Sutil Force India-Mercedes + 1m16.7s 14. Bottas Williams-Renault + 1m21.5s 15. Massa Ferrari + 1m26.3s 16. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari + 1 lap 17. Pic Caterham-Renault + 1 lap 18. Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari + 1 lap 19. Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap 20. Chilton Marussia-Cosworth + 1 lap 21. van der Garde Caterham-Renault + 2 laps Not classified/retirements: Driver Team On lap Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 Fastest lap: Vettel, 1m36.961s World Championship standings, round 4: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Vettel 77 1. Red Bull-Renault 109 2. Raikkonen 67 2. Lotus-Renault 93 3. Hamilton 50 3. Ferrari 77 4. Alonso 47 4. Mercedes 64 5. Webber 32 5. Force India-Mercedes 26 6. Massa 30 6. McLaren-Mercedes 23 7. Grosjean 26 7. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 7 8. Di Resta 20 8. Sauber-Ferrari 5 9. Rosberg 14 10. Button 13 11. Perez 10 12. Ricciardo 6 13. Sutil 6 14. Hulkenberg 5 15. Vergne 1