F1: Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel Takes Chequered Flag at Bahrain
The 2017 F1 World Championship is shaping up, as Ferrari’s (NYSE:RACE) Sebastian Vettel took charge at Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.
Mr. Vettel took the checkered flag at the Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), nearly 7secs ahead of Lewis Hamilton taking his 2nd victory of the season and the lead in the F1 Drivers’ Championship.
Mr. Hamilton chased Mr. Vettel all the way to the finished but could not make up for a penalty he suffered earlier in the race.
Mr. Vettel had took the lead from Pole sitter Valtteri Bottas early as he struggled with over-steering on his MercedesAMG racer.
With clean air ahead Mr. Vettel built up an unassailable lead and the win put daylight between he and Mr. Hamilton in the title fight: 68 to 61 after 3 rounds.
“The car was a dream today … the last half of the in-lap with the fireworks & the track lit up, I just thought I love what I do,” he added.
Mr. Hamilton, who had been dominant in China last weekend, was gracious in defeat, vowing to fight on.
“The pit lane incident was really my fault so apologies to the team for losing the time there … but I gave it everything I could. We will come back fighting.”
For his MercedesAMG teammate there was also disappointment, as he was unable to convert his 1st F1 pole into a 1st win.
“It was just over-steering all through the race, that’s why the pace was slow,” Mr. Bottas said. “It’s a shame: the target today was a lot, lot higher.”
Company boss, Sergio Marchionne says Ferrari is now “completely confident” of a season-long challenge after the team’s 2nd victory of the campaign at the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Kimi Räikkönen came home 4th in the other Ferrari.
Have a terrific week.
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