Vettel takes Bahrain Grand Prix as Raikkonen runs over mechanic

Vettel takes Bahrain Grand Prix as Raikkonen runs over mechanic

The four-time ex champion, on severely-worn tyres, came home narrowly ahead of Valtteri Bottas and the Finn's Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a nail-biting finish to an intriguing contest.

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

Vettel, though, held on for the win.

"I tried to make the tyres last".

With the floodlights blazing overhead, Sebastian Vettel started his 200th Grand Prix with a successful launch from pole position when the race lights went out.

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"I don't know what shape he is in", Raikkonen, dubbed the "Ice Man" for his taciturn nature, told reporters immediately afterwards.

Hamilton, who started ninth after being given a five-place penalty for a gearbox change, said he was satisfied.

"First and foremost, I wish our mechanic a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the track soon", Marchionne said in a statement. It was damage limitation. "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".

Ferrari mechanic Francesco Cigarini suffered a double leg fracture when he was run over by Kimi Raikkonen during Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Vettel initially planned to conduct a two-stop race after pitting for soft tyres on lap 19 of 58.

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Vettel made a clean start and Bottas swept past Raikkonen to split the Ferraris on the opening lap.This lifted spirits for Mercedes, but Hamilton, down in ninth to resist a charging lunge by Verstappen at the start of lap two.

The Dutchman tried to overtake on the inside of Turn One and ended up touching the Brit causing a puncture to his left rear which later resulted in his early retirement. A Virtual Safety Car was deployed.

But when Hamilton was asked about what he said, race victor Vettel interjected and expressed sympathy for his rival. Raikkonen was forced to retire after the accident with his mechanic and Bottas started to reel in Vettel but the German lasted the distance.

Ferrari had been hit with a 5,000 euro ($6,100) advantageous Friday after Raikkonen left a pit cease throughout observe with out one in every of his wheels being correctly hooked up.

On-track Vettel appeared to be preparing for a two-stop race but his commitment to a one-stop became clear as his pace held up and Bottas failed to make significant inroads.

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The incident during Raikkonen's second stop of the race saw the green light above his vehicle illuminate, indicating the auto was free to go, but the left-rear tyre had yet to be changed, meaning the mechanic was in the way when the auto got underway.

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