Sebastian Vettel wins Bahrain Grand Prix for Ferrari


It was a disaster in the pits of Bahrain Grand Prix as Kimi Raikkonen's auto hit one of its Formula One mechanics on Sunday - April 8, 2018.

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.

Cigarini was preparing to fit a new left-rear tyre during Raikkonen's second stop when the Finn was wrongly signalled to pull out and re-join the race.

As he headed back out the mechanic on the left rear wheel, subsequently named as Francesco, was knocked over suffering a shinbone and fibula fracture.

"I go when the light is green".

Cigarini was knocked over when Raikkonen was released before his rear-left tire had been fitted at the Sakhir circuit.

"I don't see what happens", Raikkonen said after the race. I tried to make it as clean as possible.

"It didn't feel like a respectful move, and it was a silly move for him because he didn't finish the race".

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While the blame for the injury can't be place on the Finn's shoulders, his response doesn't come off very well and could be described as classless.

The FIA summoned Ferrari to hear its explanation for what had gone wrong, and in the end handed down a €50,000 sanction.

Sebastian Vettel drove from pole to the chequered flag at the front of the Bahrain Grand Prix, taking his second win in a row and putting him 17 points in front of Lewis Hamilton after just two races in to the 2018 F1 season.

Unsurprisingly, the German driver called it "a mixed day".

But Mercedes pressured the Scuderia into a tactical change after putting both Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton on medium tyres, with Vettel being told of the decision with 20 laps remaining.

Ferrari drafted Raikkonen into the pits at the end of Lap 35 to put him onto a set of Supersofts, hoping their added performance would give him the chance to jump Hamilton. "I started ninth so third isn't bad at all".

Kevin Magnussen took a solid fifth place finish for Haas ahead of Nico Hulkenberg's Renault and the two McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne.

A frustrated Vettel finally burst past the defensive Hamilton, on his original tyres, to re-gain the lead on lap 26.