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Vettel cruises to victory in Bahrain

No-one had an answer to the supreme pace of the World Champion, who led from the early stages to the finish.
Sunday, April 21, 2013

April 21st, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Reigning triple-World Champion Sebastian Vettel was completely untouchable in the Bahrain Grand Prix, comfortably winning ahead of the Lotus pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean.

Pole-sitter Nico Rosberg simply did not have the pace to stay in front at the start and was passed by Sebastian Vettel on lap 3, after some very close battling between Rosberg, Alonso and Vettel in the first couple of laps. From then on, there was no challening Vettel as he simply drove off into the distance.

Most of the field made use of 3-stop strategies, but the Lotus of Raikkonen and Force India of Paul Di Resta made very good use of 2-stop strategies to finish second and fourth. For much of the race it looked like Di Resta would score his first ever podium, but the Scot was passed by Romain Grosjean with a few laps to go, after Grosjean had made a late stop for medium tyres.

For Ferrari it was a day of disasters, as Felipe Massa had to crawl back to the pits twice with delaminating tyres and Alonso lost the use of DRS early in the race after his rear-wing stuck open, costing him time in the pits as the Ferrari team manually closed it. Alonso recovered to eighth place, but Massa could do no better than 15th after his tyre failures.

Vettel has now stretched his lead in the championship to 10 points over Kimi Raikkonen, with Lewis Hamilton now third in the standings ahead of Fernando Alonso.

Full race results:

Pos No Driver Team Laps Gap Grid Points
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 57 Winner 2 25
2 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 57 +9.1 secs 8 18
3 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 57 +19.5 secs 11 15
4 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 57 +21.7 secs 5 12
5 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 57 +35.2 secs 9 10
6 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 57 +35.9 secs 12 8
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 57 +37.2 secs 7 6
8 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 57 +37.5 secs 3 4
9 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 57 +41.1 secs 1 2
10 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 57 +46.6 secs 10 1
11 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 57 +66.4 secs 17
12 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 57 +72.9 secs 14
13 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 57 +76.7 secs 6
14 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 57 +81.5 secs 15
15 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 57 +86.3 secs 4
16 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 13
17 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 56 +1 Lap 18
18 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 22
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 56 +1 Lap 19
20 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 56 +1 Lap 21
21 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 55 +2 Laps 20
Ret 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 16 Accident damage 16

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