In a tit for tat competition between Hamilton and Vettel, this time around at the Bahrain Grand Prix, Vettel emerged victoriously assisted by a 5-second penalty which Hamilton had to face. Bottas, who started first on the grid, came in third whilst the 2nd Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen, finished 4th.
Max Verstappen who had a hell of a race in China met with an unfortunate brake failure and crashed into the barrier after turn 4 of the race.
Vettel managed to take the lead after the safety car was deployed on lap 13 when Carlos Sainz’s Toro Rosso crashed into Williams driver Lance Stroll. The crash triggered a flurry of activity at the pitstops which then allowed for the Ferrari to take the lead.
Hamilton was awarded the 5-second penalty when he tried to block Ricciardo at the pit entrance by slowing down because he knew he had to wait behind Bottas.
With the victory early this morning, it seems to be a close head-to-head between Ferrari and Mercedes this season.
Here are the full results from the race.
|5||3||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||57||+39.346s||10|
|7||11||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||57||+62.606s||6|
|10||31||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||57||+95.711s||1|
|11||94||SAUBER FERRARI||56||+1 lap||0|
|12||26||TORO ROSSO||56||+1 lap||0|
|NC||33||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||11||DNF||0|