” Sebastian Vettel dominated an action-packed Bahrain Grand Prix to take his second victory of the season with Kimi Raikkonen second and Romain Grosjean third.
Vettel was involved in a tense battle at the start of the race with Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg, but once he emerged in the lead from the exit of turn four on lap three he looked unbeatable. Alonso looked likely to be his closest rival but his race was ruined when his DRS flap stuck open. He had to make an early pit stop to fix it but the problem emerged again and he pitted once more. Impressively he managed to fight back to 8th without the use of DRS to limit the damage to his championship challenge.
Raikkonen filled the void behind Vettel by expertly managing a two-stop strategy on a day when the likes of Rosberg and Jenson Button had to make four stops. Romain Grosjean also made use of the Lotus’ tyre management to finish on the podium, running a three-stop strategy that gave him fresher tyres to attack at the end of the race.
Paul di Resta, on a two stopper, lost out on a podium as a result and had to settle for fourth after a very accomplished drive. Lewis Hamilton recovered from his grid penalty to finish fifth but had a tight battle with Mark Webber in the closing laps, with the Red Bull then losing another position to Sergio Perez on the last lap.
Behind Alonso in eighth, the four-stop strategies for Rosberg and Button left them ninth and tenth. ”