F1: I f****d it up, fumes Bahrain GP runner-up Lewis Hamilton
Apr 20 2017
A bold early pit stop paid off for Vettel, a week on from a similar strategy in China falling foul of the safety auto.
"With Lewis we never saw it actually".
Vettel said his win was built on a crucial early move when he split the two Mercedes at the start of the race, moving from third on the grid to second.
"We just have to make sure we keep it going".
"Ferrari did a great job".
"Today, I lost position at the start".
Valtteri Bottas says he is still in the dark as to why he struggled for pace during Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix. "I was oversteering all through the race".
Kimi Raikkonen just missed the podium again, coming in fourth place.
Bottas made a clean start but Hamilton was beaten for pace by Vettel, who overtook him heading into the first corner. "We fight hard against each other but afterwards can have a beer together. Losing points for the team is definitely painful".
In previous years Mercedes has let its drivers race, confident in the knowledge it was unchallenged for either championship, but the emergence of Ferrari this year has complicated matters - Vettel's win in Bahrain helped put Ferrari in the lead of both championships. And that's how the race finished.
The victory was Vettel's second of the season after the four-time world champion won the opener in Australia.
But an issue with the Mercedes' wheel gun caused a tardy stop for Bottas and Hamilton slowed in an attempt to limit his waiting time, holding up Ricciardo in the process.
"We came here with a specific goal, so it was positive to get on top of that with the team".
But moments later, the Dutchman's brakes failed and he drifted across the track and into the wall, his race over.
Mr. Hamilton, who had been dominant in China last weekend, was gracious in defeat, vowing to fight on.
In lap 14, a collision between the cars of Lance Stroll and Carlos Sainz prompted the safety auto to come out, but the Mercedes cars could not get back on track right away.
On his way to winning Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel found his mind wandering already to next week's first in-season Formula One test and how much he was looking forward to it. The race stewards later deemed Hamilton to have deliberately hindered Ricciardo's way into the pits, which earned him a 5 second penalty. Vettel went for his second pit stop on lap 33, thus putting Hamilton into the first position.
There was some frantic action behind the leaders, with Fernando Alonso battling it out in midfield.
"I was expecting a lot more personally". He then pitted from the lead to take Soft tires on Lap 10, getting the undercut on Bottas and Hamilton and reentering in 12th.
Hamilton came in with 15 laps left - and took his time penalty.
Now the 2017 score is 2-1 to Ferrari, and the fight moves on to Russian Federation - and we still aren't clear on who has the fastest auto after three races!