Bahrain Formula One GP ends: Vettel wins his first race since 2011 Indian Grand Prix last season

Red Bull Racing’s 24 years old German driver, Sebastian Vettel, who is also the current F1 World Champion, won his first race this season in Bahrain earlier today. His team mate, Mark Webber finished fourth for the fourth time this season. Vettel who started on pole for today’s race, maintained his lead throughout the race, except when he was challenged by the iceman – Kimi Raikkonen.

It was a great day for Lotus F1 team as their driver’s Kimi and Romain finished second and third respectively. Kimi attempted for the top spot, but Vettel managed to keep him behind. After the race, Red Bull Boss, Christian Horner goes ahead and congratulates Kimi and says, “You had a pretty strong race, huh?” Kimi replies, “Not strong enough!”

Talking about McLaren F1 team, this was a day they would not like to be remembered. After their drivers, Lewis and Button started from second and fourth spot respectively, they failed to manage an impressive finish. Hamilton finished 8th while Button’s exhaust cracked and he had to retire in the second last lap of the race.

Ferrari drivers, Alonso and Massa managed to capitalize whatever they could in that car which is visibly slower than their rivals. Mercedes F1 team driver, Nico Rosberg finished fifth, while his team mate, Schumacher finished tenth. Rosberg might lose his place if penalized by stewards as he was involved in two dangerous moves trying to keep Alonso and Hamilton behind him. Force India driver, Paul di Resta had a day he would remember as he finished sixth, while his team mate Nico Hulkenberg finished twelfth.

2012 Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix final result;

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault
2 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
6 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
8 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
9 Felipe Massa Ferrari
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes
11 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari
12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes
13 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari
14 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari
15 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari
16 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault
17 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault
18 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
19 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth
20 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth
21 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth
22 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault
23 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault Ret
24 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth Ret

After the race, Sebastian Vettel said, “I think it was an incredible race, extremely tough. We had a good start, I was able to pull away immediately which turned out to be a big advantage because we always had to go on a used set of tyres as we used nearly all of them in qualifying. Kimi was very quick, so was Romain. The strategy, everything seemed to work. I can only say a big thank you to the team. They did an incredible job. The amount of work they had to do which we have given them because we were weren’t happy with the car. Little tweaks here and there. It was tough. We were trying to get the car to our liking. We got it right this weekend, I was very happy in qualifying and the race to be fair.”

Kimi said, “I think we gave ourselves a chance but I’m disappointed I didn’t manage to win it. I made a small mistake at the beginning, lost one place to Ferrari, and I had to get that place back. In the end we were not fast enough to win. I got one chance to get past Sebastian but I chose the wrong side. That was the only chance really.”

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