Vettel wins Bahrain GP, Hamilton 2nd

Gladys Abbott
April 21, 2017

Vettel beat Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton after a 5 second time penalty saw the Briton lose ground and eventually hampered his chances of victory. He should have been much closer to the Ferrari driver but for a rare moment of gamesmanship.

A slow stop for Bottas further delayed Hamilton who lost a position when he rejoined before he was given a five-seconds penalty.

Pic: ReutersMANAMA: Sebastian Vettel celebrated Lewis Hamilton's lucky number on Sunday, the Ferrari driver taking his 44th Formula One victory to go top of the standings while the man in auto 44 kicked himself for costly errors.

Hamilton accepted it was his mistake although he appeared confused as to why he had been penalised.

Hamilton said of his error: "Yeah, completely my fault with the safety vehicle". "You are supposed to have a five-second gap to the safety auto and I think I had a four-second gap so it was just a misjudgement from myself".

"I had good pace in the second and final stints and we honestly thought we could catch Sebastian. I try to handle it the best way I can but it eats you up a little bit inside and you've just got to end up trying to cope and move forwards". He added that he was disappointed with Ferrari's showing in qualifying, but delighted with the team recovery on Sunday. The Finn nearly lost his third place too had the race been two laps longer, as Kimi Raikkonen had closed the gap to one second by the end.

Vettel now has 68 points to Hamilton's 61.

He initiated an overtaking maneuver on Hamilton going into Turn 1 and then proceeded to chase Bottas.

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Sebastian Vettel in celebration mode.

"It was a really great day. I didn't find any words", he said.

Hamilton's start on Tuesday was hampered by a cable plug reportedly falling out and halting his auto after just a few laps.

"I am not really looking at the championship".

"I'm really enjoying it, the auto has been a pleasure". Until today, we have tried to avoid it as good as we can. "They were hiding some eggs but it looks as though we found them today".

Vettel had assumed the lead from pole sitter Valtteri Bottas earlier in the grand prix as the Finn struggled with over-steering on his Mercedes.

- With two wins and a second position, Vettel has his best start to a season for Ferrari, equalling his best ever in F1 (2011 for Red Bull when he ended up winning the championship).

Fernando Alonso was the last classified finisher in P14 for McLaren, pitting with three laps to go due to an engine failure.

"The effect was basically just felt like a big overheating, it felt like on marbles the rear tyres".

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