Vettel scores back-to-back win at F1 Bahrain GP

  The Formula 1 Bahrain Grand Prix saw Sebastien Vettel secure a back-to-back win for Ferrari, over arch-rival Mercedes-AMG F1 Team. Vettel topped Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton for the top spot on the Bahraini GP podium. The two opening races see Ferrari hold an early advantage in terms of performance and speed over their rivals. It’s another Ferrari vs Mercedes season, so strap on if you’re a fan of either squad.

One of the worthy mentions of the Bahrain race was Pierre Gasly, who did his Toro Rosso squad proud with a fourth place finish. courtesy of Kimi Raikkonen’s retirement.

Selected top ten drivers’ quotes

Sebastien Vettel: “Obviously, this is a great way to start the season and it wasn’t expected. It took a while for the adrenaline to go, but for the next week we are not sure where we are going to be. It is difficult to predict with everything changing so much. In China it will be a different track and a different challenge, but we have to improve our car and work on it. We still need to improve the balance. However, if we should have a similar feeling like here, then I think we should be in a good shape. We were losing a little bit at the end and Bottas was getting closer. We couldn’t wait and see what he was doing. So, in response to that we had to come in first to protect the track as much as I could.”

Valtteri Bottas: “It was so close in the end, it’s a shame I couldn’t win. When it’ s so close, you start to think about every lap and every corner after the race, trying to figure out if there is something you could have done better. But I feel like I did a good race, I didn’t make any mistakes and I gave it everything I had.”

Lewis Hamilton: “It was not an easy race, but one that I feel quite happy with now that I’ve cooled down. Today was all about damage limitation and I think to get in the top three is a really great result for the team and for myself. We would prefer we didn’t have the gearbox issue that we had this weekend, but I was really happy with my race pace.”

Pierre Gasly: “Unbelievable, what an incredible day! The second race of the season with Toro Rosso and Honda, and we finish P4. It’s just amazing, I’m so happy! A big thanks to the team because the car was fantastic! I had a nice fight with Magnussen and the pace was really good. I saw unfortunately both Red Bull cars had to stop, then after Raikkonen retired the team told me we had the opportunity to finish P4, so I gave
everything to the end.”

Nico Hulkenberg: “We got the maximum from the race today, which is a good positive. We didn’t quite have the pace to compete with the cars ahead of us and that leaves me a little disappointed, so it’s clear the midfield fight is very close. It was a busy race and our main focus was fuel saving whilst still trying to race other cars and I think we managed that quite well tonight.”

Fernando Alonso: “Looking at the overall picture of the weekend, we struggled in every session and had quite a poor qualifying, so now being seventh and eighth is a positive result for the team. Having 16 points after two races is promising, but at the same time we know that this weekend was not good enough in terms of performance, so we need to raise our game.”

Marcus Ericsson: “It is an amazing feeling to back in the points, especially this early into the season, as a start to our new chapter with Alfa Romeo. It is a great reward to everyone at the racetrack and back at the factory. The strategy we had today was good, and it was a challenge to make it all the way to the end of the race with the tyres and fuel we had. I had to be clever as a driver and pick the right fights to make sure that I do not use the tyres too much.”

2018 F1 Bahrain GP results

1 Sebastian Vettel FERRARI 1:32:01.940
2 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES  +0.699s
3  Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES  +6.512s
4  Pierre Gasly  TORO ROSSO  +62.234s
5  Kevin Magnussen HAAS  +75.046s
6  Nico Hulkenberg RENAULT  +99.024s
7  Fernando Alonso MCLAREN  +1 lap
8 Stoffel Vandoorne MCLAREN  +1 lap
9  Marcus Ericsson SAUBER  +1 lap
10  Esteban Ocon FORCE INDIA  +1 lap

Drivers standings
1 Sebastian Vettel GER FERRARI 50
2 Lewis Hamilton GBR MERCEDES 33
3 Valtteri Bottas FIN MERCEDES 22
4 Fernando Alonso ESP MCLAREN RENAULT 16
5 Kimi Räikkönen FIN FERRARI 15
6 Nico Hulkenberg GER RENAULT 14
7 Daniel Ricciardo AUS RED BULL RACING  12
9 Kevin Magnussen DEN HAAS  10
10 Max Verstappen NED RED BULL RACING 8
11 Stoffel Vandoorne BEL MCLAREN  6
12 Marcus Ericsson SWE SAUBER  2
13 Carlos Sainz ESP RENAULT 1
14 Esteban Ocon FRA FORCE INDIA  1

Constructors rankings
7 HAAS  10