Kimi Raikkonen crashes out of Bahrain Grand Prix after broken leg incident

Kimi Raikkonen crashes out of Bahrain Grand Prix after broken leg incident

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.

The win was Vettel's second in succession at the start of 2018 but the manner of victory was in stark contrast to his somewhat fortunate success in Australia two weeks previously. Meanwhile, last year's pole sitter, Valtteri Bottas, lined up third.

However, engineers had not finished changing the rear left tyre of his auto. It would be up to those three men to take the race from Sebastian Vettel.

"We didn't finish the race, so it's not great, but this is what happens unfortunately".

This lifted spirits for Mercedes, but Hamilton, down in ninth to resist a charging lunge by Verstappen at the start of lap two. There was then contact between Hamilton's Mercedes and Max Verstappen's Red Bull. But with Mercedes leaning towards a one-stopper and Ferrari seeming to be two-stopping, the playing field was a lot more even than it looked.

Social media was ablaze with comments about Kimi Raikkonen at the Formula 1 Bahrain GP yesterday after a particularly sickening incident.




"The last five laps was really tricky just to stay on the racing line and not make a mistake". But Vettel held him off and just about retained his advantage.

It seemed to be a huge error for the team - who signalled that the driver could move off even though the vehicle wasn't ready.

A frustrated Vettel finally burst past the defensive Hamilton, on his original tyres, to re-gain the lead on lap 26. "When they told me the pace of Valtteri at that time I was thinking there was no way to do that".

This left Bottas as the lone driver to challenge a rapidly fading Vettel. His tyres were fresher and his vehicle was faster, yet Vettel defended his position and kept the W09 in his mirror, and crucially, just out of DRS range right until the end.

Magnussen dropped to 10th when he came in for his second stop and wasn't impressed with his team-mate Romain Grosjean.

With Vettel having not yet failed to win a race so far this season, it is pretty clear that he deserves to be on top of both the formulated Formula 1 Driver Power Rankings and the non-formulated Formula 1 Driver Power Rankings.

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