Vettel wins tense Bahrain Grand Prix for Ferrari

Vettel wins tense Bahrain Grand Prix for Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel won the Bahrain Grand Prix from pole after a tense tactical battle with Mercedes, who had tried an alternate strategy to take the fight to their rivals but which ultimately proved unsuccessful.

Scuderia Ferrari has confirmed that the mechanic involved in the pit stop that ended Kimi Raikkonen's Bahrain Grand Prix suffered two fractured bones in his leg in the incident.

The mechanic was standing next to the car's rear left tire, with his back turned to Raikkonen, and did not notice the Finn suddenly pulling away.

"It was a silly manoeuvre for himself, because he didn't finish the race".

The mechanic, named by Ferrari as Francesco Cigarini, was taken to a nearby Bahraini hospital on Sunday night after the dramatic incident on lap 36 when Raikkonen pitted for a second time.

Ferrari will launch a full investigation into the harrowing incident that left a mechanic with a double leg fracture after the FIA fined the Italian team €50,000 (£45,000) for "releasing the vehicle in a manner endangering team personnel and causing injury" on Sunday. Vettel said. "It's not fair - I don't know what Lewis did, we've all been in that situation".

A traffic light system is used to tell the driver when it's safe to leave the pit stall.

"I'm sure there is the best possible people to take care of him and hopefully he gets better", he added.

Mercedes appeared to be readying to pit Bottas, but changed their minds when Vettel made his pit stop ahead of them on lap 18, with 39 to go, the Ferrari fitting soft tyres.




But when Hamilton was asked about what he said, race victor Vettel interjected and expressed sympathy for his rival.

"I think I came on the radio with 10 laps to go and said I had everything under control". "That was a lie!"

Vettel, though, held on for the win.

Hamilton, who told TV crews "emotion is always firing when you get out of the car", said he couldn't "really remember" making the comment, before referencing that he recalled it being in the podium room.

Reigning champions Mercedes, who were clearly fastest two weeks ago in the season-opening race in Australia, had only enough in hand to qualify on the second row of the grid.

But Hamilton insists it was a satisfactory result.

"I am pleased", he stated. "There needs to be a certain respect between drivers and ultimately. maybe I need to go and watch the manoeuvre again, but it didn't feel like a respectful manoeuvre".

The German and his teammate Kimi Räikkönen faced direct challenge from Valtteri Bottas in the first corner, with Kimi retreating from Valtteri's overtake, submitting to the charging Mercedes driver.

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