Vettel conquers Bahrain
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 17 Apr 2017 09:26:11|
FERRARI’S Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix to go seven points clear at the top of the Formula One standings on Sunday, with Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton staging a late charge to finish second after picking up a time penalty.
Hamilton’s Finnish team-mate Valtteri Bottas started on pole position for the first time in his career and ended up third.
The victory was Vettel’s second of the season after the four-time world champion won the opener in Australia. Hamilton, who won in China last weekend, crossed the floodlit finish line 6.6 seconds behind.
Vettel’s 44th win lifted him to 68 points, with Hamilton second on 61.
“Yes guys, that’s what I’m talking about,” whooped the German, who was helped by the safety car being deployed after his first pitstop with the Mercedes duo still out, as he took the chequered flag.
“It was a really great day. It was on the last half of the out lap when all the fireworks were going off that I was like ‘I love what I do’,” he said.
Double finish for Froce India Mexican Sergio Perez finished seventh for Force India, his 13th successive points finish, while French rookie Esteban Ocon bagged one point ending tenth.