Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Sebastian Vettel gets strategy right in Bahrain Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel gets strategy right in Bahrain Grand Prix

Raikkonen's teammate Sebastian Vettel made it two straight F1 wins after victory at the season-opening Australian GP two weeks ago, sealing his 49th career win on his 200th race start.

Here are the best pictures of the action from the Bahrain Grand Prix. The final 10 laps saw Bottas take three quarters of a second a lap out of Vettel's lead, with clear track between him and the eventual victor.

Verstappen suffered a punctured tyre while trying to overtake Lewis Hamilton at turn one of lap 2.

"Due to an unlucky safety auto in Melbourne and a failed pit stop in Bahrain he's probably already consigned to be Vettel's F1 equivalent of a Tour de France "domestique" for the rest of the season". "I thought Valtteri would catch me". That was the original plan and then we diverted and the tyres I tried to make them last and nurse them as much as I can, and it worked. "Valtteri had a bit of a sniff but he ran out of laps". Moments later, having left his pit, Raikkonen was told to stop, the Finn subsequently climbing from his auto and retiring.

The differing tire strategies set up a showdown in the second half of the race, with Ferrari looking at a two-stop strategy, while Mercedes went with one stop.

Drama in the pits, when team mate Kimi Raikkonen was brought in to test the strategy, decided Ferrari in favour of keeping Vettel out. It was nevertheless enough to allow him to equal Raikkonen's haul of 27 consecutive finishes in the points.

"I started ninth so third is not bad at all", Hamilton said.

It looked as though it could get even worse for Hamilton, pictured, after Max Verstappen's less than ideal start to the season took another troubled turn following a collision with Hamilton on lap two. It soon turned into a double disaster for the team when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton tangled into turn 1, and the front wing of the Mercedes left the RB14 with a shredded left rear tyre.

"I came on the radio to say everything was under control, but that was a lie!"

"If we can get some diversity into the starting grid, which is genuine because it's come from a race, maybe that's worth considering. He drove into my left rear and gave me a puncture and also destroyed the diff".

Another superb drive by Frenchman Pierre Gasly took him to a stunning fourth place for the Honda-powered Toro Rosso team ahead of Dane Kevin Magnussen of Haas. But they finished a lap down.

Sauber's Marcus Ericsson banked his first points since the 2015 Italian Grand Prix in ninth place after running an extremely long first stint on softs and switching to mediums to execute a one-stop strategy to good effect.

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