Sebastian Vettel started on pole, the first time this season at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel started on pole, the first time this season at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Making a text book start ,Vettel headed to the first corner leading the way ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Fernando Alonso had got his Ferrari upto 5th, launching it off the grid from 9th position. Vettel opened up a 2.2 second lead after the first lap, whilst his compatriot, Michael Schumacher, who had started near the back of the grid due to a five place penalty after a gearbox change, was making his way through the pack to turn his weekend around after a terrrible qualifying session.Romain Grosjean got himself up into the top three overtaking Mark Webber at turn one on lap 4, while Felipe Massa was fighting to keep Kimi Raikkonen behind him in the battle for 7th place. Lap 7 saw the Lotus Renault cars fastest on track, Grosjean swooped past Hamilton for 2nd and Raikkonen got past Jenson Button at turn four. Both Brits were struggling with their rear tyres early on and pitted on lap 9. Hamilton had a slow pitstop; a problem with his left rear tyre putting him down to 12th. Returning to the race he was battling with Nico Rosberg, a duel that saw them investigated by the stewards when the German pushed him wide off track. A battle further down the field saw Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez fighting for 10th. But it was Paul Di Resta sat behind them that saw the opportunity to get past both, with a three car wide manoeuvre which put him in a points position. The soft compound tyre on Raikkonen’s car was working to perfection and eventually he got past his team mate Grosjean to start the hunt to chase down Vettel. Rosberg again forced a driver wide, this time Alonso, and the Spaniard made his feelings very clear about the move gesticulating to the Mercedes driver. After the glory of his first win in China, Rosberg would also be having that incident investigated after the race. Halfway into the race and despite starting in 11th, Raikkonen was only 1.610 seconds behind leader Vettel. A few laps later and the ‘iceman’ was all over the back of the Red Bull, but couldn’t find a way past. Webber was having a fairly quiet race in 4th, while Button had an afternoon struggling with the set up of his McLaren-Mercedes, a rear puncture, and eventually retired from the race. Sebastian Vettel took his first win of 2012, while Kimi Raikkonen took a well deserved 2nd, with his team mate Romain Grosjean taking the final step for his first ever F1 podium. Sebastian Vettel
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Jenson Button (retired)
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