Formula 1: Bahrain Grand Prix Results and Review

on April 23 2012 9:29 AM

Sebastian Vettel finished first at the Bahrain GP this weekend to post the first win for Red Bull this season, with team mate Mark Webber finishing fourth. 

The race was without incidents as there were continued protests in the troubled Gulf kingdom. 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen finished second in his Lotus while teammate Romain Grosjean finished third to earn his first podium finish. Kimi drove an excellent race to get past the highly competitive field to finish second after starting ninth on the grid. Kimi got past Webber, his teammate Grosjean in nicely timed smart moves. Next, he was closely in pursuit of the race leader Vettel who was told to conserve his tires. Both pitted at Lap 40 and then the pace of the Red Bull was too good for the Lotus to get near it eventually ending Kimi's challenge.

The Mclaren's of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button had a bad day. Hamilton suffered two horrendous pit stops to finish eighth while Button finished outside the points. Hamilton lost almost five seconds on the first stop and was again held for 10 more seconds when a faulty nut in his wheel extended his stay in the pit lane. Button suffered tire and exhaust problems to retire out of the race.

Last race's winner Nico Rosberg finished fifth for Mercedes. But his two overtaking maneuvers, against Hamilton and Alonso are being probed by the stewards for pushing them out to the concrete. Paul Di Resta finished sixth for Force India, his best result so far. He drove brilliantly to fend off the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso in the closing stages. Fernando Alonso finished seventh for Ferrari while team mate Felipe Massa finished ninth.

Michael Schumacher finished tenth to earn the final points in this race.

Vettel leads the drivers championship and Red Bull also go on top for the constructors championship.

Points Table:

Pos

Driver

Team

Laps

Time/Retired

Pts

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

57

0.066099421

25

2

Kimi Räikkönen

Lotus-Renault

57

+3.3 secs

18

3

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

57

+10.1 secs

15

4

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

57

+38.7 secs

12

5

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

57

+55.4 secs

10

6

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

57

+57.5 secs

8

7

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

57

+57.8 secs

6

8

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

57

+58.9 secs

4

9

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

57

+64.9 secs

2

10

Michael Schumacher

Mercedes

57

+71.4 secs

1

11

Sergio Perez

Sauber-Ferrari

57

+72.7 secs

 

12

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

57

+76.5 secs

 

13

Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber-Ferrari

57

+90.3 secs

 

14

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

57

+93.7 secs

 

15

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

56

+1 Lap

 

16

Vitaly Petrov

Caterham-Renault

56

+1 Lap

 

17

Heikki Kovalainen

Caterham-Renault

56

+1 Lap

 

18

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

55

Exhaust/differential

 

19

Timo Glock

Marussia-Cosworth

55

+2 Laps

 

20

Pedro de la Rosa

HRT-Cosworth

55

+2 Laps

 

21

Narain Karthikeyan

HRT-Cosworth

55

+2 Laps

 

22

Bruno Senna

Williams-Renault

54

Retired

 

Ret

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

25

Puncture

 

Ret

Charles Pic

Marussia-Cosworth

24

Engine