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GP Week : Issue 150
31 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: Red Bull became the fourth constructor to win in as many races on Sunday as it was the reigning champions who hit the sweet-spot of performance this time around, helped undoubtedly by a small yet significant upgrade that was brought to the RB8 for the race. Vettel and Webber were on the pace throughout the weekend, with Vettel taking pole on Sunday. He was hounded by Raikkonen throughout the race but had just enough in hand during the final stint to pull away and win by three seconds. Webber was best of the rest in a comfortable fourth place, the fourth race in a row he’s finished there. From the climax of the team’s first victory in China seven days previous, Mercedes were brought back to earth in Bahrain as the team languished in the midfield once again. Despite session-topping practice pace, Rosberg was only able to qualify in fifth, before a poor start pushed him back to ninth on the first lap. He climbed back up to fifth at the finish and escaped without penalty from two stewards’ investigations, despite some very suspect defensive driving. Schumacher started 22nd after a dismal qualifying and a gearbox penalty, before working his way through the pack to take tenth place at the flag. After three consecutive races on the podium, McLaren endured an absolute nightmare of a weekend in Bahrain, with only one eighth-place finish to show for their efforts. All was looking pretty for the Woking squad in the early stages of the race, but the long-run pace of the MP4-27 was quickly found lacking as they plummeted through the field. Hamilton then hit problems in both of his first pitstops, costing him 13 seconds, without which he would undoubtedly have finished fifth. Instead he had to settle for eighth. Button meanwhile was running seventh with five laps to go before the gremlins set in. First an exhaust failure, followed by a puncture and then a differential failure forced him into retirement. Lotus, Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean emerged from the shadows in spectacular fashion in Bahrain to take the fight to Red Bull at the front of the field. Raikkonen had four new set of tyres going into the race, having been knocked out in Q2, and the Finn made the most of them to climb from 11th to second in the first half of the race. He lost crucial time behind Grosjean however, without which he may have been able to fight Vettel even harder for the win. He didn’t have the pace to take the fight to the German in the final stint and had to settle for second, while Grosjean took his first F1 podium in third a further seven seconds adrift. Ferrari scored their first double points finish of the year after action-packed races for both drivers, with Massa taking his first points in ninth. Both drivers enjoyed blistering starts off the grid, with Alonso jumping from 9th to 5th and Massa from 14th to 8th on the first lap. A slow first pitstop cost Massa a place to Rosberg, while Alonso also came to blows with the German later while trying to overtake between turns 3 and 4. The Spaniard finished the race on the coat-tails of Force India’s Paul di Resta in seventh place, while Massa slowed to the finish to ensure his tyres lasted the distance. Sixth place for Paul di Resta was a fitting reward to a Force India team that was rattled by a close encounter with an anti-government protest on Wednesday night. Di Resta’s performance was even more remarkable after the team opted to skip second practice on Friday on safety grounds, with the Scot having successfully pulled off a two-stop strategy to climb from 10th on the grid to sixth place at the flag. His tyres had just about enough laps left in them to reach the finish under intense pressure from Alonso, having been overtaken by Rosberg just five laps from the finish. Hulkenberg’s race was ruined at the start when he hit clutch issues and dropped to 19th from where he was only able to recover to 12th. Red Bull Mercedes McLaren Lotus Ferrari Force India TEAM-BY-TEAM: BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX F1 >>> BAHRAIN