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GP Week : Issue 219
scrappy race costs Vettel potential victory sebastian Vettel's scrappy drive in Bahrain probably cost him a shot at victory. The German had driven well to put his Ferrari on the front row of the grid, but as the race wore on he made some uncharacteristic errors. The first crack appeared when he sailed wide at turn one under braking, allow Nico Rosberg the opportunity to close. Not long after, once Rosberg had relegated him to third, Vettel was off the road at turn eleven. Though they were harmless incidents in themselves both cost time. Early in the race it was clear Ferrari in general, and Vettel in particular, struggled to match the pace of the Mercedes. Where he was expected to be fighting for the race win instead it looked more like Vettel would have to be happy with third. Good use of strategy though allowed him to gain track position and leapfrog Rosberg and at least make battle of things for second. At Vettel's first stop Mercedes reacted by bringing in Rosberg, who was second at the time, but it wasn't enough to stop Vettel getting ahead. Even still, Rosberg soon found a way by but had at least closed things at the head of the race. With the top three running closer than they had been, Ferrari repeated the trick at the second round of stops, this time Mercedes bringing race leader Hamilton in first with Rosberg a lap later. Hamilton maintained his lead, sandwiching Vettel between the two Mercedes as Rosberg rejoined slightly off the back of the Ferrari. A third mistake from Vettel was decisive. Running off the circuit at the exit of the final turn, he lost second place to Rosberg and damaged his front wing in the process. It necessitated a new front wing, and left Kimi Raikkonen as the leading Ferrari driver. While the Fin had been quick in the middle part of the race, and ultimately chased down Rosberg in the closing stages, Vettel had enjoyed better track position. Without running off the circuit or an unscheduled third stop it's probable Vettel would have been closer to the Mercedes than Raikkonen was, for a longer period. With brake problems at the end of the race seeing Rosberg run wide, and Hamilton slowing in the final lap, who's to say what Vettel could have done had he kept his car on the track. 24 GPWEEK.com // 24 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> BAHRAIN PARTNERS: